Basic facts

<img src="/web/20070610032705im_/http://www.buav.org/campaigns/petfood/images/beagle3.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="Beagle behind bars at Waltham Test Centre (Pedigree)"/><br/> Goat in heart experiment in Japanese lab

The BUAV was the first organisation to uncover (with a BUAV undercover investigation at Pedigree's Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition) alarming evidence of animal testing in the international pet food industry. Well-known companies that promote themselves as caring for the health and well-being of our pets have in fact carried out, collaborated on or funded experiments on animals. A large proportion of the research has taken place in the USA, but some has also been conducted in other countries including the UK.

The animals involved, mainly cats and dogs, can spend almost their entire lives as experimental tools, enduring years of procedures that have the potential to cause anything from discomfort and distress to severe pain and suffering. The BUAV's undercover investigation and subsequent research makes disturbing reading and will shock loving pet owners everywhere.

The global pet food market is highly competitive and lucrative. In the UK alone it is worth £1.5billion, and worldwide it is estimated to be a massive $25billion. The evidence we have uncovered involves major companies (or researchers employed by them) such as Nestlé Purina, Pedigree Pet Foods (Mars), Hill's Pet Nutrition (Colgate-Palmolive) and Iams (Procter & Gamble).

It is ethically unacceptable for animals to suffer in tests carried out or funded by commercial pet food companies. Just like the happy looking cats and dogs portrayed in pet food advertising, animals should be treated with respect, free from any unnecessary suffering. Pet owners will be shocked to discover that, behind closed doors, these same companies are prepared to inflict suffering in order to sell their products to unsuspecting and caring owners.

Boycott animal testing: Quick guide to animal testing pet food companies

  1. Nestlé Purina Petcare owns:
    1. Friskies Petcare: Bonio, Winalot, Spillers, Felix, Fido, Friskies, Arthur's, Choosy, Go Cat, Gourmet, Vital Balance
    2. Alpo*: Mighty Dog
    3. Ralston Purina*: Purina, Edward Baker Petfoods
  2. Mars owns:
    1. Pedigree Petfoods: Pedigree, Cesar, Whiskas, Sheba, Kitekat, Pal, Chappie, Bounce
    2. Royal Canin (majority shareholder): Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved
  3. Colgate-Palmolive owns:
    1. Hill's Pet Nutrition: Science Diet, Prescription Diet
  4. Procter & Gamble owns
    1. IAMS: Iams, Eukanuba

* The animal experiments related to these companies took place prior to their acquisition by Nestlé

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