by Joan Reddy
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A new BUAV investigation has uncovered the shocking killing of puppies, kittens and other baby animals that are “Born To Die” at the Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) Animal Health laboratory in Cambridgeshire, UK.

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A recent investigation by The Campaign to End All Animal Experiments (BUAV) at the US owned pharmaceutical giant MSD Animal Health’s laboratory revealed that puppies, some just over four weeks old and still suckling, were separated from their mothers to be used in tests. BUAV also found that puppies at the tender age of five weeks or older were routinely killed. Healthy female adult beagles, whom were used as breeding machines and had given birth to enough litter of puppies to satisfy the needs of the vivisectors, were also killed.  The puppies’ mothers “were either imported from Holland, or supplied by Harlan UK, an animal supply company,” said BUAV.

Besides dogs, MSD Animal Health also uses kittens and an unknown number of rabbits, calves and chickens for their experiments and routinely kills them at the facility.

These were healthy animals and could easily have been released and adopted into loving homes or placed on animal sanctuaries. It was a lack of effort on the part of MSD Animal Health that these creatures were killed once they were of no more use to the laboratory.

“This is a secret the research industry would never want to be released into the public domain. 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,” said Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, at BUAV.

BUAV investigator ‘Suzie’ was able to persuade the company to release two adult nursing females, Bonnie and Billie and one five month old puppy, Oliver. All three dogs have adapted well into their new homes and are enjoying their freedom. These dogs are the lucky ones. Tragically during the BUAV investigation, “92 puppies and 10 adult nursing females were killed, including all Bonnie’s and Billie’s puppies and Oliver’s mother, brothers and sisters.”

‘Suzie’ said that “After my eight months undercover, I was so happy to be able to save Oliver, Bonnie and Billie from death. But sadly there were so many others like them who did not have that chance, which is why it is vital we bring this terrible suffering to and end and ban the use of dogs and cats in research.”

Sarah Kite, Director of Special Projects for BUAV said that “[a]lthough these beagles are affected by their institutionalization in the laboratory, they are learning quickly how enjoyable life can be. All three epitomize how easily many more of these dogs could have been released into loving homes, if only MSD Animal Health had made the effort. It is shameful and we call for an immediate change in policy to enable this to happen.”

Footage from the investigation can be viewed below.

Please help the BUAV end the appalling killing of puppies, kittens and other animals “BORN TO DIE” in UK laboratories by signing and sharing this petition.

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About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at

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  • MarkDonners

    There is only one legal punishment that would pay back these “researchers” for the crimes they have done.. that punishment is death. They should bring back the death penalty in the UK, and those researchers would deserve it more than serial killers