An eight month investigation at MSD Animal Health by BUAV has revealed the testing of animal vaccines on animals aged between four weeks and six months. These are the key concerns raised by BUAV:
tests were carried out on very young animals (some of the animals – including rabbits, calves, and kittens – were allowed to suffer the full extent of the symptoms of serious and even deadly diseases);
the routine killing of puppies from five weeks of age and kittens less than 6 months old (during the investigation, 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles, at least 15 kittens, and an unknown number of rabbits, calves, and chickens were killed at the facility);
puppies were separated from their mothers at a very young age – some just over four weeks old;
the killing of healthy female adult beagles (the females were pregnant when delivered to the laboratory – once their puppies were taken away from them for tests, they no longer served a purpose and were routinely killed); and
the lack of effort to find homes for those adult and puppy beagles who were no longer required or whose bodies were not required for dissection – instead the dogs were usually killed.