Queen guitarist Brian May was “shocked and saddened” to learn that his alma mater, the Imperial College London, was filmed inside their research lab hurting animals. According to BUAV, the organization that documented the school’s methods, the findings included “a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief; incompetence and neglect and highly disturbing methods used to kill animals.”
May said about the undercover investigation, “I am shocked and saddened to see these revelations. And ashamed that it could have taken place in the University of my own training, in which I have had so much pride. I can only fully support the work of BUAV and the RSPCA in conducting a full inquiry. And I hope the result will be that this appalling cruelty will never be allowed to happen again.”
He continued, “Research on animals is an outdated concept – unethical, and unsupportable now that it is known that it yields false results. There is now, in every case, a better alternative. Experimentation on animals must now come to an end, and I urge Imperial College to use this opportunity to put all cruelty in the past, by eliminating animal experimentation, and thereby set an example to the world.”
An undercover worker spent seven months inside Imperial College London acquiring evidence that the facility did not treat animals with the compassion they deserve. Hopefully, the public college will take May’s advice and use the opportunity to rethink their stance on animal testing. To learn more about the findings and what you can do to help, visit BUAV’s website “License to Kill”.