At the moment, in the U.K., stray animals are protected against being sent to Laboratories and spending the rest of their lives being experimented on.
Unfortunately the Government plans to abolish this protection, which means that any pet who gets out by accident, or temporarily becomes lost on a walk, etc. 'could' be picked up by the local animal warden, or passed on to them via the police if handed in to them, and, sent straight to a Lab and added to their animals used for experiments, there for the rest of it's life, never even checked for a Micro-chip, owners left looking for their beloved pet not knowing it's where-abouts and so unable to get it back or stop it's pain and suffering.
This is abhorrent and morally wrong - so please write to your MP, as I have done so below, and ask them to reject these new laws.
If it helps please use my letter as a rough template, changing where necessary to suit, changing town name etc.:
Dear [your MP],
I believe the Government has plans to remove the protection afforded to stray animals which prevents them being used for experiments and I would like to ask you to oppose this and support the early day motion tabled by Adrian Sanders MP in support of the BUAV campaign.
Any pet can accidentally get out anytime, from anyone as we are all human, and, having a dog yourself you will know the depth of feeling and attachment many good owners have towards their dogs, indeed, for many, the family pet truly is 'one of the family' and the idea that a pet who has accidentally got out could be picked up and end up in a lab being experimented on for the rest of it's life, whilst it's owners are still looking for it, hoping to still find it one day, is abhorrent, to me also, it is theft, as that animal, in law, still is the property of the owner, and just because you lose something it does not stop being yours ?
I know we are very fortunate in Royston, and there are many places where there is still a problem with stray animals, but the proposed 'answer' of stealing someone's pet [and you can't always tell the difference between a real stray and a pet who's been lost for a while in harsh weather conditions] is morally wrong.
Please support the following on behalf of those of us who do care for our animals and those animals:
David & Julie Arnold
I am happy for everyone who wants to use my letter as a template if it makes it easier for you to contact your MP, and you can find your MP and contact them via here: