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Hounded Campaign: Ban the Use of Dogs in Animal Testing

05th November 2021 5 min read

Hounded Campaign was founded by two women on a mission to ban testing on dogs in the UK. Please read the article to find out the true extent of testing on dogs and what you can do to help save our furry friends.

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Who are Hounded?

Hounded Campaign was founded by two women on a mission to ban testing on dogs in the UK. Please read the article to find out the true extent of testing on dogs and what you can do to help save our furry friends.

It is important to know all the facts about testing on dogs in the UK before you decide if you would like to sign the petition. Penny and Sophie (founders of Hounded) are on a mission to get as many people as possible to sign the petition in the hope the government will put a ban on dog testing for good. We are supporting them on this mission as we feel very passionate about the welfare of these innocent creatures.

Why are dogs used in research?

Dogs in laboratories are kept in barren steel cages, often alone. They may be subjected to repeated surgeries, force-fed drugs, pesticides, or other substances and observed for harmful effects such as heart failure, liver disease, signs of cancer or even death. In some cases, they are used by technicians to practice procedures such as force-feeding and blood collection.

What happens to the dogs after they have been experimented on?

Animals are nearly always killed after the tests. It depends on the extent of the damage done to the dogs. If the experiments are minimally invasive, they are used over and over for more testing. Where surgical procedures are involved, the dogs are euthanised after. It is considered to be more humane to euthanise the dogs than it would be to re-home due to their injuries and mental state.

Why are beagles the breed of choice for experiments?

Beagles are the preferred breed for experiments because of their size, which means they are easy and inexpensive to house. But mostly because beagles are docile, submissive and gentle therefore easier to handle and experiment on. The loving characteristics that make beagles beloved members of our family, also make them vulnerable victims for a life in a laboratory.

In 2020, 4340 experiments were carried out on dogs, and 4270 (98%) were beagles.

‘We believe experiments on dogs should be banned in the UK. There is enough evidence to show that there are more accurate alternative ways. It is our opinion that testing on dogs is totally unacceptable. We are a nation of dog lovers, force our government to take notice, enforce a ban, and be a compassionate example to the rest of the world. We will not stand by and do nothing while puppies are bred in cold, dark conditions and sent to laboratories at just 16 weeks old. We won’t stop until this cruel, outdated and inaccurate practice is banned. We hope you will stand with us.’

Penny and Sophie

Founders of Hounded Campaign

If you would like to know more about Hounded Campaign, please visit their website here.

To show your support and help put a ban on the testing of dogs, sign the petition here.

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