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Save Beagles from Research Breeding Farm

Save Beagles from Research Breeding Farm


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.

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6:47AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:05AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

I don't know how any one could do testing on a Beagle when you look into their soufful little eyes. These people who do the experimentation must be aleins and not human.

10:01AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

I have three great beagles, they are lovely, sweet and all they want is to give love!
That's cruelty to have a farm that will produce any kind of dog, to go to laboratories to live a life full with pain and neglect.

1:59PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

this kind of dog is very good with kids, it was my 1st dog i was about 5 yrs old when i got her my Tiny girl. and she love me and my sister just like her own puppies!!! best babystter i had too!!! very cute dogs too!!!

12:28AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

I own a rescued research Beagle..hes the sweetest saddest creature u will ever meet
when I got him he was so depressed and completely unsocialized
I have had him for 5yrs and hes the love of my life..after all he was put through its amazing he is as forgiving of people as he is. He stops to say hello to whomever he passes on the street, sleeps next to me every night..
however when i take him to the vet he is terrified..he cries out and wont let them take his temperature, they cant get any blood from his veins cause he has so much scar tissue, he pees all over the table from being handled..Its the most horrifying experience..I have changed vets 4 times and he acts the same way every time..I cry to think of his life before he was my baby..I cant imagine the kind of monster u have to be to hurt a beagle..the best dogs in the have 2. both rescued shelter dogs. :)

11:20PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Animals should never be used for research, it's evil.

10:59PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011


10:23AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

animals testing have to be banned forever and ever!!!!!! this is unacceptable!!!!!! b&k need to pay for this suffering and turturing for this baby angels!!!!!! they have not compassion all!!!!!

12:15PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

444 comments -- I guess we care! For some reason, researchers like the beagle breed. ALL animals should be saved from experimentation. Computer models offer better results than animal experiments. And I would think it would have to affect the workers adversely, who have to put these dogs through these experiments, making them less humane.

9:49AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

This is nothing short of barbaric, cruel beyond comprehension and completely unjustifiable. I am appalled that this horrendous and unnecessary torture is still being practiced. These brutes need to experience their own experiments. These sadomasochists will have me to deal with if they get the go ahead. I am angry and disgusted by this and will fight for the Beagles right to live a pain-free and happy life with loving families. This 'testing' is simply unacceptable.

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