Baby Animals and Their Nursing Mothers Are Living (and Dying) in Horror at UK Lab
- by Alicia Graef
- March 5, 2014
- 7:00 pm
An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has exposed a world of nightmares for companion animals who are born, experimented on and killed in labs.
An investigator for the BUAV, known as Susie, conducted an eight month investigation at MSD Animal Health that exposed the horrors nearly newborn puppies and kittens are forced to endure in the name of science.
The research center, which is owned by the U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Merck, conducts experiments for animal vaccines. The BUAV, however, believes non-animal alternatives could, and should, be used instead. For many who oppose vivisection, the use of companion animals may not be any more offensive than experimenting on any other species, but the BUAV believes that its findings will come as a shock to millions of people who consider cats and dogs to be part of their family and hopes to raise awareness about the cruelty of experiments that continue to be conducted under a shroud of secrecy.
According to the BUAV, some of the many issues the investigation exposed included tests being carried out on puppies as young as four weeks and kittens as young as eight weeks before they were killed and dissected and nursing mothers being senselessly killed after their young were taken away too soon, while some of the other animals who were used were “allowed to suffer the full extent of the symptoms of serious and even deadly diseases.”
One particularly heartbreaking scene shows a tiny beagle puppy who is screaming in distress as a researcher attempts to deliver a lethal injection, but is unable to get a vein because they’ve been so damaged.