Beagle breeding farm must be stopped

09/06/2014

The BUAV is calling on the Planning Inspectorate to reject an appeal by Bantin & Kingman to construct a new facility in East Yorkshire to breed and supply dogs to the research industry.

If the appeal is granted, this would mean the green light is given to breeding hundreds, maybe thousands of animals, every year for the sole purpose of them suffering and dying at the hands of the research industry.

We cannot let this happen. Please sign our petition in support of our campaign to urge the Planning Inspectorate to reject this appeal.

We have beaten the application to build twice already with the support of the public, politicians and high-profile figures.

Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett MP, has spoken out against this current appeal, saying: “We’ve come a long way since the days when people thought it was funny that beagles were ‘made’ to inhale tobacco smoke as part of a research programme. We now have clear alternative ways of testing products, undertaking medial experimentation and protecting the wellbeing of humans beings. Restricting to absolute necessity experimentation on animals is both humane and appropriate, in focusing minds on those aspects of research which are genuinely beneficial to eliminating disease and life threatening conditions.”

Only recently, we rescued three beagles from certain death inside a laboratory, including two females used as breeding ‘machines’ to produce puppies to be used in tests. If the site in Grimston, East Yorkshire is given the go-ahead they will be able to breed and house up to 2,000 dogs at a time.

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 purpose of supplying laboratories.

The most recent government 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). 

Beagles are largely used in toxicity (poisoning) tests for drugs and chemicals. They can be force fed the substance 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 euthanased for welfare purposes.

There is a strong ethical and scientific case to end these outdated experiments and strong planning reasons to reject the appeal. Take action today.