Interview: dog breeding and responsible pet care

Three dog breeders in the UK have just been given 25 week jail terms and banned from keeping dogs for life, after keeping dogs in disgusting conditions, and burying puppies alive. The story is at

Yesterday Voice of Russia radio London interviewed representatives from the RSPCA, Blue Cross, myself from Animals Count (a British political party for people and animals), and the Editor of Dogs Today magazine about dog breeding in the UK. It was a lively 30 minute discussion, in which we all condemned such irresponsible breeding and called for stronger UK legislation to deal with unscrupulous breeders and encourage much more responsible pet ownership.

If interested, you can catch it at 16.30 and 18.30 London time today 31 Aug on DAB 23/7 or via their live streaming link        
You will also be able to view and listen to the discussion later on their website and youtube channel:

Critical acclaim for book on animal experimentation

Authored by Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Fellow Dr Andrew Knight, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments has received critical acclaim from scientists and philosophers alike...

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Editorial: Animal testing isn't just an ethical problem

My editorial ‘Animal testing isn't just an ethical problem – let's invest in safer methods‘ has just been published in The Guardian online:

"When a dog with a life-threatening uterine infection was recently carried into my veterinary practice, I was confident we could save her. Following a rapid infusion of intravenous fluids and antibiotics, I performed emergency surgery. Partly because of the drugs she was given, "Annie" recovered well. I had the luxury of knowing they had all been tested on other animals of the same species, and were unlikely to inadvertently cause any harm.

Unfortunately, my brother does not have that luxury. He works as a resident in a hospital emergency department, and although the drugs he uses have also been thoroughly tested on animals, this doesn't provide quite the same level of comfort...”

Some of the comments are particularly interesting!