Horrific video shows distress of puppies and kittens waiting to be dissected at a British animal testing lab
By Sophie Jane Evans for the Daily Mail
- Footage shows dozens of puppies and kittens taken from mothers and killed
- They can be heard screaming in terror as they are restrained by researchers
- They are later killed and dissected, before bodies are dumped in bin as waste
- One employee can be heard saying 'That's you done, you can go in our bin'
- Animals are as young as four-weeks-old - and their mothers are also killed
- Video filmed by investigator working undercover at facility for eight months
- Employee was working on behalf of British Union for Abolition of Vivisection
- Cambridgeshire lab owned by pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme
- MSD says it did not break any laws and adheres to animal testing regulation
A horrific video has emerged showing puppies and kittens panicking as they wait to be dissected at an animal testing laboratory. The footage was filmed as part of an undercover investigation by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) at the government-licensed centre in Cambridgeshire. It shows the animals - some as young as four-weeks-old - screaming, crying and whimpering as they are taken from their mothers and killed.
The video was taken by an investigator, known as 'Susie', who worked at the laboratory for eight months until December last year, according to the Sunday Express. It shows puppies and kittens shrieking in terror as they are restrained by researchers - just seconds before they are given a lethal injection and cut up for examination. Shockingly, their dissected bodies are later dumped in a bin as waste. In the video an employee can be seen disposing of a kitten's body - saying: 'That's you done, you can go in our bin'. Meanwhile, a black puppy can be heard screaming and thrashing around as two researchers prepare to take its blood at the centre, which is owned by US pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD).
And a young canine yelps loudly as a female employee struggles to find a suitable vein in his leg in which to inject him. 'Oh dear. What a fuss, what a fuss,' the woman can be heard saying. 'Perhaps your leg was a bit sore. Was it from all those bleeds? Oh dear, oh dear.' The employee eventually administers the lethal dose after trying the puppy's other leg - before commenting: 'That's gotcha.' She then adds: 'Put up a bit of a fight, didn't you, yeah?'
The footage also shows scenes of puppies and kittens lying on operating tables as employees insert needles and cutting equipment into their bodies. In one particularly horrific scene, a researcher lifts a motionless puppy onto a table, saying: 'Yes, this is where it gets messy. Right, OK. Come on then little fella. 'Let's make sure you have departed before we start getting our bits and pieces.'
A staggering 92 puppies, 10 adult female dogs and at least 15 kittens were killed during the investigation at the centre, according to BUAV.
However, the undercover investigator managed to rescue two adult dogs, Bonnie and Billie, and a five-month-old puppy, Oliver, during the project - while two others were rehomed.
Many of the animals are believed to have been born at the laboratory for the sole purpose of being dissected for examination at a young age - with their healthy mothers often killed just hours later.
Others had reportedly been imported into the UK from overseas breeding farms at only a few weeks old - causing them to suffer from ulcers, high temperatures and weight loss. During the eight-month period, the facility also dissected a number of rabbits and chickens, according to BUAV. Today, Michelle Thew, chief executive of BUAV, said the union had released the video in a bid to add transparency to the public debate about animal testing.
'This is a secret the research industry would never want to be released into the public domain,' she said. 'Millions of families throughout the UK who share their homes and lives with cats and dogs will be appalled by these revelations. 'It is unacceptable, not only that these animals are suffering and dying in this way, but that many of them could have been released into loving homes instead of being killed and discarded for convenience sake.' She added that thousands of dogs and hundreds of cats are used in research every year in UK, despite widespread concern about their use.
Meanwhile, Home Office minister, Norman Baker, told the Sunday Express his department had carried out 'a number' of inspections at the Cambridgeshire facility over the past year - but added that he has now called for a full report into the centre's activities.
MSD told MailOnline that it 'adheres to all regulatory standards of testing and development of vaccines'. It added that it is obliged by law to test certain drugs on animals, including vaccines for kennel cough, parvovirus and feline calicivirus. A spokesman said: 'Animal well-being is core to our mission. All MSD animal health research is performed by qualified, trained personnel. 'Our facilities are in full compliance with all laws and regulations, and procedures and facilities are regularly reviewed and inspected by relevant regulatory authorities.'
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