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Thousands Of Dogs Could Suffer & Die In The Name Of Research

beaglecreativecommons.org/ Sergey Norin

It’s simple: Dogs are our best friends and they do not belong in a laboratory.

So it may come as a shock to learn that a company in the UK is seeking planning permission to build a facility to breed and supply dogs to the research industry.

In 2012 and 2013, following a widespread British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) campaign and resulting in a public outcry, an application by Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd for a new beagle-breeding facility was rejected by East Riding Council’s planning committee.

B&K (using the name Yorkshire Evergreen) has since appealed the decision, and the Secretary of State for the Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has taken the unusual step of ‘recovering’ the appeal to himself, which means that he will decide it after a recommendation from the planning inspector.

It is thought that Mr Pickles has recovered the appeal because the proposal gives rise to regional and national controversy.

Because no dog should be trapped inside a laboratory and never experience freedom or love from a caring family, the BUAV has launched a powerful campaign to contest the appeal and is calling for a public inquiry. 

Comedian Ricky Gervais has joined the BUAV in calling on the Planning Inspectorate to reject the appeal to construct the dog-testing facility.

Gervais backed the BUAV previous campaigns in both 2012 and 2013 and has responded to this recent appeal, stating: “If the Government allows this proposed facility to be built there will be hundreds - if not thousands - of dogs whose only existence will be for use by the research industry and then killed. Please join me and the BUAV to ensure that this doesn’t happen.”

Michelle Thew, CEO of the BUAV added: “There is widespread public concern about this planning appeal. People simply do not want a facility within their community breeding hundreds, possibly thousands of dogs, to suffer and die in the name of research. Moreover, there are a number of complex issues with this appeal which we believe can only be dealt with properly with a public inquiry.

“There is a strong ethical and scientific case to end these outdated experiments and strong planning reasons to reject the appeal.”

Take action. Sign the petition today: http://bit.ly/yorkshirebeagles

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