(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL WELFARE) Social media was abuzz with pet photos for World Day for Animals in Laboratories last week. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) Our Best Friends campaign called on animal advocates to share pictures of their pets on Twitter and Instagram in support of ending experimentation on dogs, cats, and other animals.

Check out the gallery below for some of the best pics of these companion animals showing their support for the BUAV‘s Our Best Friends campaign. Also, make sure to sign the national petition in support of the campaign. — Global Animal

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

To mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories (24/04), animal advocates created a photo frenzy on Twitter and Instagram in support of the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign.

The campaign –which calls on the Government to end experiments on dogs and cats – sent out a request for people to echo the message that ‘Our Best Friends do not belong in laboratories’ and post images of the animals who share their home.

TV presenter and animal advocate, Wendy Turner Webster, kicked off the call to action by posing with beagle puppy, Oliver, who was recently rescued from a UK laboratory by the BUAV. The sign read ‘Oliver says dogs do not belong in laboratories’ #ourbestfriends.

It was not long before the theme caught on with comedian Ricky Gervais sharing an image of a dog called Hank and his sign calling for the government to end experiments on dogs.

Animal lovers went into overdrive, with hundreds of photographs appearing in a flurry on the social networking sites with dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and even chickens appearing with signs in support of the Our Best Friends campaign.

Even avid twitter users with no companion animal and sign to hand got involved by editing existing images of their beloved furry friends and captioning them in support of the trending hashtag.

Thursday April 24th marked World Day for Animals in Laboratories; an international event to commemorate the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world.

The BUAV used the day to highlight a grim secret of the research industry – the routine killing of animals ‘no longer required’ by laboratories.  The BUAV believes this is unacceptable and is calling for their mandatory release where possible. A national petition has been started in support of the campaign.

The issue has come to light following BUAV undercover investigations that have revealed laboratories and breeding centres are routinely killing animals who are no longer required. Some animals may have been used in experiments; others bred for research but not used and considered ‘surplus to requirements.’ Yet, rather than release or find homes for these animals outside the laboratory, they are being denied the opportunity of freedom and simply killed.

During the BUAV’s most recent investigation at MSD Animal Health, it was discovered that healthy female adult beagles were being routinely killed – once their puppies had been taken away from them – as well as beagle puppies who were no longer required and could have been released at the end of the experiments. Thanks to the BUAV, three dogs were saved from death after a BUAV investigator was able to persuade MSD Animal Health to release them. They now have loving homes and are enjoying their new lives.

Sarah Kite, Director of Special Projects stated:

“The routine killing of animals who could be found homes is a shameful industry secret. It is an issue that the public clearly find shocking demonstrated by the impassioned responses posted online in support of our campaign. We call for a change in policy from the Home Office to require laboratories to release these animals to enable them to have a chance at happiness in a safe and loving home.”

The BUAV launched its Our Best Friends campaign in July 2013 to end the use of cats and dogs in research and the campaign has received widespread support from many celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais, Miranda Richardson, Jilly Cooper, Chris Packham, Kirsty Gallacher and Greg Rutherford among others.

More BUAV: www.ourbestfriends.org

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