The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) was founded in 1898 and is the world's leading anti-vivisection campaigning organisation. The BUAV's vision is to create a world in which no one wants or believes we need to experiment on animals and it is dedicated to using peaceful and responsible campaign techniques to end animal experiments, both nationally and internationally.
If you're interested in animal experimentation issues, the BUAV is the ideal place to come for your research needs. The BUAV provides a range of invaluable resources and places a high emphasis on producing professional, accurate and reliable information.
Our work with parliamentarians, our corporate relationships, hard-hitting undercover investigations, political lobbying and legal and scientific expertise means that the BUAV is at the forefront of the campaign to consign vivisection to the history books.
Through high profile media activities and quality educational and information materials, the BUAV spreads its campaign message to as wide and diverse an audience as possible. In tandem with this public campaigning, the BUAV employs national and international legal challenges, UK, EU and global lobbying and accurate and comprehensive scientific reports to set the agenda in the vivisection debate.
As Chair of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments ‘(ECEAE)’, the BUAV is at the centre of anti-vivisection campaigning across Europe, liaising with key international groups and ensuring that laboratory animals are high on the European political agenda.
Currently our campaigning work covers issues such as animal testing for cosmetics and household products, the use of primates in toxicology and responding to animal testing proposals under the EU chemicals testing regime REACH.
The BUAV is calling on the UK Government to disassociate itself from the cruel trade in wild-caught nonhuman primates for research. Despite a widely publicised ban on the use of wild-caught primates in UK research since 1997, there is no protection for the offspring of wild-caught primates or primates exported from farms which trap wild primates for breeding purposes.
BUAV: MPs call for government to maintain and enforce higher standards when implementing new UK animal testing legislation
An Early Day Motion (EDM 2244) tabled by Adrian Sanders – MP for Torbay – is supporting the BUAV's call to the UK Government to maintain and enforce higher standards when it implements new UK animal testing legislation. The EDM has already received cross-party support.
Scottish and Northern Irish politicians have tabled motions calling for more control over animal experiments.
MPs Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park), Mary Glindon (North Tyneside), Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe) and Mike Crockart (Edinburgh West) have declared their support for BUAV’s No Cruel Cosmetics campaign to end animal testing for toiletries and cosmetic products sold in the EU.
The BUAV has launched a new Government e-petition calling for a Parliamentary debate on animal experiments. In 2010, the UK used over 3.6 million animals in experiments, reaching a 25 year high.