The Kennel Club is principally opposed to the use of animals for
testing purposes, unless there is no alternative, and will continue
to work towards improving animal welfare by increasing an awareness
of the human responsibility regarding animals and helping fund
research into alternative testing methods.
The Kennel Club supports and funds the work of FRAME (Fund for
the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) which is
critical to the future well being of all animals and supports the
principles of the three R's (Refinement, Reduction and
Replacement). These are the guiding principles which underpin the
humane use of animals in scientific research.
While it is acknowledged that testing is required by national
and international laws and regulations, the Kennel Club remains
strongly opposed to the use of dogs (and other animals) in cosmetic
testing, chemical toxicology and drug safety evaluation. Testing on
animals for the further advancement in both human and animal
welfare as well as the environment should be kept to an absolute
minimum and alternative tests used wherever possible.
The transposition of EU Directive/2010/63 into UK legislation
came into effect from January 1st2013. The Kennel Club has managed
to secure additional protection for dogs in relation to their use
in scientific research experiments.
In relation to stray dogs, the transposed Directive will not
allow for experiments on stray animals except in only rare and
exceptionally justified cases.
The Kennel Club continues to work with the government to
decrease the use of animals being used in these experiments, to
help ensure animal welfare standards are being upheld in any
procedure and to work towards increasing the use of alternative
Last updated - November 2013