The BUAV is calling on the Planning Committee of the Council of East Riding to reject a planning proposal by Yorkshire Evergreen. The proposal is to construct a new facility to breed and supply dogs and rodents to the research industry.
In January 2012, plans by Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd for a beagle breeding facility on the same site were rejected after public outcry at the news, which saw Brian May and Ricky Gervais join the BUAV to campaign for the application to be rejected.
The BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign is calling on the Government to ban all experiments on dogs and cats in the UK and includes requesting no further facilities are granted permission to breed dogs for the sole purpose of supplying to UK laboratories.
The most recent annual Home Office statistics report that 3,214 dogs suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain in 2012. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011). 3,595 experiments were conducted on dogs that had been specifically bred in the UK for experiments.
Beagles are largely used in toxicity (poisoning) testing both for human and veterinary drugs, as well as agrochemicals. They can be force fed chemicals and drugs in capsules or via plastic tubes inserted through their mouths, directly into their stomach or strapped into a harness for hours at a time while substances are pumped directly into their bloodstream. Animals can suffer adverse effects that result in vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and lethargy. Some dogs may become so ill that they either die or have to be euthanised for welfare purposes.
BUAV's Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: “We are dismayed to learn of this new planning application by Yorkshire Evergreen for a breeding and supply facility in Grimston. Only last year a similar application was refused after public outcry regarding plans for thousands of dogs to be used for research. We will once again be raising public awareness of this new application as there is a strong ethical and scientific case to end these outdated experiments. We are confident that, once more, the public will join us in contesting these plans and also contact East Riding Council to urge them to reject the application immediately.”