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Protesters will descend on the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) this weekend to demand that IAMS, a pet food company that conducts harmful and lethal tests on animals, be barred from the Crufts Dog Show.

The demonstration is organised by national anti-vivisection group Uncaged, who accuse the Kennel Club of "greed and hypocrisy" over its acceptance of sponsorship money from The IAMS Company.

There will be about 20 protesters, some in dog costumes, large banners, posters and 2-3 tables containing information for 'dog-lovers' about IAMS' cruel treatment of animals on the 'piazza' outside the main entrance to the NEC halls.

The Kennel Club claims to be concerned for the welfare of dogs. Protestors are therefore amazed and angry that it continues to allow an event dedicated to the celebration of dogs to be used to promote a company that believes it is acceptable to harm dogs and other animals.

Animals Harmed and Killed in IAMS' Experiments: Part 1

Research papers uncovered by Uncaged Campaigns formed the basis of the Sunday Express front-page story "Pet food cruelty exposed" in July 2001, and describe how IAMS-funded animal experiments involved:

  1. dogs' kidneys surgically damaged - leading to organ failure, illness and death
  2. leg bones of Great Danes removed and broken
  3. severe allergies inflicted on husky puppies, followed by the deliberate administration of allergy-causing substances causing stomach inflammation, severe diarrhoea and skin diseases

Animals Harmed and Killed in IAMS' Experiments: Part 2

In 2003 an undercover investigation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) revealed deplorable conditions at an IAMS contract laboratory. At least 27 dogs were killed, while others died of illnesses that went untreated, despite assurances from IAMS that no animal in any IAMS test would ever be deliberately killed. The undercover investigator found the following:

  1. Terrified dogs and cats confined to small, barren cages, some for up to six years
  2. Dogs' vocal cords surgically cut out so that they couldn't bark
  3. Dogs with untreated ear infections, rotten teeth, and injured paws from having to balance on metal-slatted cages and lie on cold cement
  4. Workers' reports of a live kitten who was washed down a drain
  5. Kennels were stifling during summer months and near freezing in winter
  6. Dogs being force-fed vegetable oil through tubes inserted down their throats

Furthermore, IAMS is a subsidiary of trans-national cosmetics and consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G). P&G have been the target of a vigorous global boycott campaign for eight years due to its animal testing practices, including tests to develop cosmetics and toiletries which would be illegal in the UK.

Max Newton, Campaigns Co-ordinator at Uncaged Campaigns states:

"The Kennel Club's promotion of IAMS is a shocking betrayal of dogs. It flies in the face of common sense for an organisation that purports to be concerned for the welfare of dogs to be taking money from and publicly supporting a company that systematically exploits dogs in painful and deadly research.

"Organisations such as the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs Home and the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL) have terminated their relationships with IAMS and its owners Procter & Gamble due to their cruel animal testing practices. We're urging visitors to Crufts to help us persuade the Kennel Club to reconsider its position and do the right thing - dump IAMS."

For more information (e.g. copies of letters, documents, video footage and stills of animals in IAMS' research) and interviews, please contact Dan Lyons or Max Newton at the address below. See also our IAMS pages and visit www.iamscruelty.com.

Uncaged Campaigns 04.03.04


Uncaged 1993-2012: This is the archived website of Uncaged. All information correct at the time of archiving - November 2012.