They look as though they’re looking up at someone who’s ready to take them home and welcome them into the family. They’re not. They won’t ever know about things like soft beds, toys, fresh air, sunshine, grass and love. They’ll know about desolate cages. They’ll know about fear, pain, poisoning, restraints, mutilation and sickness. They’ve been bred solely for experimentation.
More beagles will be bred to suffer if Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd (B&K) successfully appeals to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate with plans to rebuild the equivalent of a factory farm for beagles intended for research in Yorkshire.
In June, B&K’s proposal was rejected by the Planning Committee of East Riding Council due to pressure from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), other animal welfare groups, local residents and the general public.
Objections were raised over the cruelty inherent in breeding dogs for research. Not only are the conditions at breeding facilities themselves questionable, as evidenced by the BUAV’s investigation of Harlan-Hillcrest, among others, but the suffering inflicted upon “man’s best friend” in experiments is nothing short of nightmarish.
According to the BUAV:
In 2010, 5,782 experiments were carried out on 3,727 dogs in the UK. Dogs in British laboratories are largely used in poisoning tests both for human and veterinary drugs, as well as for agricultural chemicals. Dogs can have substances dripped into their eyes, be fed agrochemicals, or force fed chemicals and drugs in capsules or via plastic tubes inserted through their mouths, directly into their stomach. Some experiments involve rubbing a test substance into exposed skin, as well as infusion studies where the dogs are 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, lethargy and organ failure. Some dogs may become so ill that they either die or have to be euthanised on welfare grounds. Those who survive are killed at the end of the test and their bodies dissected.
Unfortunately, B&K has appealed to the decision and still wants to move forward with the breeding facility.
“The use of dogs in research is a subject that raises strong public concern. We call on The Planning Inspectorate to refuse B&K’s appeal to build a beagle-breeding farm to feed the animal research industry. There are a range of modern, humane, non-animal research techniques available to scientists which should be used instead of inflicting suffering on dogs and other animals in laboratories,” said BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew.
Please sign the BUAV’s petition below asking the Planning Inspectorate to deny B&K’s application.
Photo credit: The BUAV