Over 3,000 dogs and cats were used in experiments in Great Britain in 2012. They endure a life of misery caged in laboratories where they may never see the sky or feel grass under their paws.
The BUAV, the leading non-profit organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, have launched ‘Our Best Friends’ campaign to raise awareness about and end the use of cats and dogs in research.
Celebrities who support the campaign include Mary McCartney, Kirsty Gallacher, Jilly Cooper, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Miranda Richardson, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Wendy Turner Webster and Ann Widdecombe.
The BUAV, quite rightly, believe that dogs and cats truly are our best friends and don’t deserve to be in laboratories, which is why they are currently running a photo competition to promote this campaign. There are some shocking statistics on their Facebook page, and if like me you are probably guilty of not looking in to the products you are buying, there are plenty of resources to help. Like this cruelty free gift guide. Make sure you take a look before doing your Christmas shopping this year.
So let’s do our bit as loving pet owners by entering this competition. Make sure you show everyone on your social networks you’ve entered and you can help raise awareness. I can’t really stress enough how important it is for us to talk about these things. It’s only through sharing this information that shopping habits will change and therefore animals lives will be saved. So if you do one thing today, make sure it’s a click on one of the links in this post.
There is an exciting goody bag of prizes for the winning cat and dog, including pet portraits of the winning photographs, 3 months’ supply of pet food, pet pamper packages worth over £65, dogs treats, cat toys and cruelty free cosmetics for their owners. The winners will be judged by Rachael Millar from Dogs Today magazine and Sue Parslow from Your Cat magazine.
The competition opened on 4th November and will run through to a closing date of 16th December. All you’ve got to do is submit a photograph of your best friend via the Facebook page, explaining what makes your cat or dog so special. So far, the competition has received over 250 submissions, make yours the next! https://www.facebook.com/theBUAV