Don’t Breed and Kill Dogs for Medical Experiments


Target: Royal Veterinary College Professor Stuart Reid

Goal: Stop breeding, torturing, and killing innocent animals for medical experiments.

At the Royal Veterinary College, animal welfare is a value that quite obviously doesn’t exist. The college has bred their own colony of beagle-mixes, all with a genetic flaw which causes them to suffer Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. These animals are killed by the time they are 18 months old. Before that time they are put under ‘procedures’ and experiments aimed at alleviating human suffering. For a veterinary college, they have little to no concern about actual animal welfare.

There facility doesn’t stop at dogs. Mice are injected with substances, then their necks broken and the results studied. Pregnant sheep are surgically mutilated to study blood flow. They even extend their insane cruelty to reptiles and amphibians.

It doesn’t end there, either. In 2014 they established RVC Business, which offers contractual animal testing to clients such as pharmaceutical companies. In 2012 the college used more than 9,000 animals for their human-based research. While it is unknown what proportion of experiments exactly were veterinary related, it is suspected many of them are commercially related. It is also unknown how many experiments resulted in pain and suffering.

For a country which claims the “highest standards” of animal welfare in the world, the United Kingdom has done a remarkable job of turning a blind eye to the scientific torture occurring at RVC. No animal deserves to undergo what these animals are being put through in the name of “human welfare betterment.” They need to be stopped. Their barbarism is outdated and, frankly, disgusting.

Animal welfare organizations, including Animal Aid, are appalled by this behavior, but the college does not seem interested in stopping. Torturing animals is no way to improve science or medicine. Sign, bombard them, do not allow these monsters a moment’s peace until they halt this insanity.


Dear Professor Reid,

I am writing to implore the Royal Veterinary College to end the inhumane animal experiments. The disregard for life, especially life that should be held in deepest regard by so-called veterinarians, is deplorable. To allow the intentional breeding of sick animals who are then left to suffer under experimental procedures all aimed at improving human welfare is beyond disgusting. Surgical mutilation, drug experimentation, offering contracting services to pharmacy companies? Your college cannot claim to be ‘wholly committed to animal health and welfare’ while enabling such barbarism.

Stop these experiments. Stop promoting, supporting, and profiting from the intentional and slow torture of the animals in your care.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Clifford Hritz says:

    Pharmaceutical companies do the same thing. I was a temp at GlaxoSmithKline and I saw the invoices: 10 female puppy beagles; 10 male puppy beagles. They are nazis!


  3. Adrian Appley says:

    If you had auto signing you would get a lot more signatures. people are put off by having to type in every letter.

  4. To waste billions of tax dollars of public money every year on archaic and unethical animal experiments when superior methods are available is unjustifiable.

    Since animals are nothing like us physically, biologically, psychologically, physiologically, etc., results of animal experimentation simply lead us in the wrong direction; in other words the tests are fundamentally flawed. People die because we rely on these results. There are newer, more reliable ways of testing that do not involve animals. Animals experience daily horrors such as cutting, burning, poisoning, death, and other barbaric acts.

    Testing on animals will not prove that chemicals, medications, etc., are safe for human beings due to the documented differences between species, and because animals are given unrealistically high doses during experiments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that 95 percent of all drugs that test safe and effective in animals are found to be either unsafe or ineffective in humans. It is not just the welfare of animals that we are concerned about, it is the fact, as I previously stated, that when we rely on animal testing, it is flawed and people die. (Source:

    Regarding funding for research during a government meeting, former director for U.S. National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated that testing on animals to benefit humans has been a major failure. He told his colleagues: “We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. . . . We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. . . . The problem is that [animal testing] hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem. . . . We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.”

    Fran Visco who is a breast cancer survivor as well as the founder of the National Breast Cancer Coalition has stated that, “Animals don’t reflect the reality of cancer in humans,” and the former National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Richard Klausner has said, “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.”

    Rather than using live animals, for instance, combat trauma training courses can be taught using any of a variety of realistic, high-fidelity medical simulators. For example, the Cut Suit, by Strategic Operations, Inc. Compared to live tissue training, the Cut Suit comes closer to replicating the treatment of a human casualty. Further, the Cut Suit can teach extremity tourniquet application, extremity arterial hemorrhage clamping, surgical incisions to the thoracic and abdominal cavity, hemorrhage control of organ structure, and suturing or stapling of organs and skin.

    Another is the Maryland-based Operative Experience, Inc. Not long ago, one highly regarded battlefield trauma expert and Uniformed Services University professor of surgery stated about Operative Experience’s devices that it is “as close to human tissue as anything I’ve ever seen . . . [T]hese models are like nothing else out there . . . Combined with a curriculum, they have the capacity to revolutionize training”.

    As well there are cell-based tests, “organs-on-chips”, tissue models, skin models, computer (in silico) modeling, and so much more that have been developed or are in development now.

    The newest non-animal device is a robot which researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies have developed. It is a completely new way to examine how chemicals can affect human cells, it is totally human based, and it doesn’t involve ANY animals. For more information and a video demonstration, please go to:

    To find out more for yourself about non-animal studies, please go to the following website for more information: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine at http://www.pcrm.

    I strongly urge you to contact your members of congress to earmark research funds for progressive and relevant-to-human clinical and non-animal studies instead of outdated experiments that harm and kill humans as well as animals. Thank you.

    Not sure who your congress people are? Find them and contact them here:

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