Legal action could be coming for Councillors who vote ‘Yes’ to beagle farm, say the BUAV


On Wednesday 13th November, the decision is to be made whether to grant permission for a controversial new facility to be built in Grimston, which will breed and house hundreds of dogs to be used for experimentation.

The BUAV, who voiced their opposition shortly after the plans were submitted in late-September, say that East Riding Council could shortly face legal action should the Councillors vote in favour of the new beagle farm.

The deadline has now closed for submissions of opposition to the planning application the BUAV has submitted their objections stating that if the proposed plans went ahead they would be breaking the law by keeping dogs locked up inside.  The legality of the application hinges on European Directive 2010/63/EU which came into force in the UK earlier this year. The Directive states that outdoor runs must be provided for dogs. The proposals submitted include no such runs, because they would create a noise nuisance for neighbours.

Only in 2012 a similar application for the same site was refused after public outcry regarding plans for thousands of dogs to be used in research. As a result of the weight of public opposition and the strong ethical and scientific case to end these experiments, the BUAV is confident that if Councillors should decide to grant permission for the facility on Wednesday, that a legal challenge to the Council will not be far behind.

Many residents of the quiet village of Grimston are opposing the plans, due to the amount of traffic and noise the construction would bring to their lives.

The BUAV’s CEO, Michelle Thew,said: “We call on East Riding Planning Committee to recognise the strength of public feeling there is on this controversial issue. We urge it to turn down this facility which would not only jeopardise animal welfare; it would also directly breach European legislation.’  

The BUAV believes that the planning authority would be acting unlawfully were it to grant permission, by facilitating Yorkshire Evergreen, the applicant, to act unlawfully. This is because the proposed development includes no outside runs for the dogs, as required by European Union Directive 2010/63 (the 2010 directive). There is no provision for outside runs because they would create a noise nuisance for neighbours but in taking the noise-factor into consideration they are not only jeopardising animal welfare, but directly breaking a European law.