Did you know that in the United States many dog pounds and shelters kill healthy dogs who haven’t been claimed or given new homes?Shockingly, some of these dogs’ bodies are supplied to commercial companies that then sell them on to colleges and universities for dissection classes, including for students in veterinary colleges here in the UK. It’s a sickening fact, but change is possible. In 2013, it came to light that Edinburgh University had imported dead dogs from a company in the USA without knowing where the animals had come from or why they had been killed. Fortunately, the University decided to stop obtaining these poor dogs’ bodies. We want to end this heart-breaking practice once and for all. Don’t you think that the public would be horrified to learn that some universities in the UK are actually importing the bodies of shelter dogs who have been killed because their 5 days are up and no one has come forward to adopt them? Or worse still, if the animals were deliberately killed for the purposes of dissection?Please use our simple form on this page to send an email to Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Gary England, Head of School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, and Professor Stuart Reid, Principle of The Royal Veterinary College, urging them to stop the import of dead dogs from the USA. Please use our simple form to email universities Please fill in your details below to send the following email to the University of Cambridge, the University of Nottingham, and the Royal Veterinary College, urging them to stop importing dead dogs from the USA. Feel free to add to the message to make it more personal. Subject I support Cruelty Free International in its campaign calling for universities to stop importing dead dogs from the USA. In the USA, healthy stray and abandoned dogs from pounds and shelters can be killed if they haven’t been claimed or adopted after a few days. Commercial companies obtain these bodies and sell them to colleges and universities for dissection purposes, including for students in veterinary medical schools here in the UK. I am shocked that these dead dogs are being used by students for dissection in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. A combination of inanimate alternatives, including simulations and models and actual animal patients in a clinical setting can be used as an effective way of teaching veterinary students. Furthermore, I urge all universities to adopt an ethical policy to only obtain dogs’ bodies from sources where, for example, the animal has died naturally or was euthanised to prevent suffering due to terminal illness, instead of importing the bodies of shelter dogs who have been killed because their time is up and no one has come forward to adopt them.MessageSignoff First Name: * Last Name: * Email Address: * If you would like to receive email updates on our campaigns, appeals and news, please tick here.