Target: Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier
Goal: Demand that Merck stop torturing and killing puppies in vaccine research experiments
A recent undercover investigation by The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has revealed that puppies are being tortured and killed for vaccine research at MSD Animal Health, which is owned by the pharmaceutical company Merck, Sharp and Dohme. Modern technologies have made this type of testing unnecessary. It is time to stop the senseless killing of animals.
During an eight-month period, a BUAV investigator, who was posing as an employee, witnessed 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles, at least 15 kittens, and an unknown number of rabbits, calves, and chickens killed at the MSD Animal Health facility which is located in Cambridgeshire, England. Some of the puppies were as young as four weeks old when they were repeatedly injected with vaccines in the name of research. When they were deemed no longer useful, many of the adult dogs were killed without any attempt to find them a loving home.
The BUAV investigator captured disturbing video footage of puppies thrashing and squealing as they try to prevent being injected with a lethal does of medicine. After the puppies are killed, their small bodies are ripped open and their organs are examined. Shockingly, MSD Animal Health are not breaking any laws with their cruel research, but alternative techniques like cell bacteria analysis would provide ample information without killing innocent animals. BUAV’s spokeswoman Sarah Kite says, “We do not believe that the company or the wider research community are doing enough to use alternative approaches to animal testing in the development of animal vaccines.”
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier to use alternative research techniques and stop torturing and killing puppies in the name of vaccine research at MSD Animal Health.
Dear Mr. Kenneth C. Frazier,
I was shocked to learn that puppies, some as young as four weeks old, were being tortured and killed in vaccine testing at the Merck owned MSD Animal Health facility. A British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection investigator obtained video footage of puppies thrashing and squealing as they try to prevent being injected with a lethal does of medicine.
Perhaps you are unaware that alternative research methods are available, making animal research both cruel and unnecessary. I am asking you to please implement humane research practices and stop the gratuitous killing of animals at MSD Animal Health immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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