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Victory! Plans for Beagle Breeding Facility Rejected

Victory! Plans for Beagle Breeding Facility Rejected

In a victory for animals, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Planning Committee voted this week to reject a controversial proposal to build a breeding facility for beagles intended for research.

Last year, public outcry helped stop similar plans in East Yorkshire. However, another proposal for a scaled-down version on the same site that’s owned by Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd (B&K) was submitted this year and became the center of another controversy surrounding the use of dogs in research and animal testing in general.

Animal advocates, local residents and celebrities rallied against the proposal that was submitted earlier this fall by Yorkshire Evergreen, a subsidiary of U.S. company Marshall BioResources, over concerns about the cruelty inherent in breeding and keeping dogs for research and problems it would cause for residents.

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) are among those celebrating the plan’s rejection for sparing thousands of dogs from a life of suffering.

“East Riding of Yorkshire Council has made the right decision to reject plans to breed beagles for experiments in Grimston. This is a significant victory for animals, public opinion and modern science. The Council has shown today that using dogs in experiments is quite literally a dying industry,” said NAVS Chief Executive Jan Creamer.

According to NAVS:

In 2012, 3,214 dogs were used in 4,843 experiments in Great Britain, meaning that some dogs were forced to endure multiple tests. Dogs can have their heads forced into masks to breathe in toxic substances, be restrained as tubes are pushed down their throats for force-feeding, or strapped into harnesses to have substances pumped through their veins. Substances tested on dogs include weed killer, drugs and industrial chemicals, in huge quantities. At the end of the experiment, most dogs are killed.

Some researchers and the company in question still argue that using dogs, and animals in general, in research is a necessary evil. David Gatehouse, spokesman for B&K, told the Yorkshire Post that “people need to see through animal rights campaigners’ ‘medieval quackery.’”

However, when it comes to medieval quackery, it looks like vivisectors are the ones who remain in the dark ages. The announcement coincides with the release of a new study that has concluded dogs are unreliable test subjects when it comes to testing drugs for humans. The study will be published in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals.

The BUAV and the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) undertook the most comprehensive analysis to date of the predictive value of dogs as models for toxicity testing in humans by analyzing thousands of publicly-available toxicological studies that used dogs and found that “canine models are highly inconsistent predictors of toxic responses in humans.”

This finding raises concerns not only about pointlessly causing dogs to suffer in experiments, but that medicines that could work on humans might never make it to clinical trials with people because unreliable animal models failed.

The organizations hope that their findings will lead to more debate about switching to test models that don’t use animals. The BUAV is also working to get the Coalition Government to uphold its promise to reduce animal testing, which reached a 25 year high in 2012, and to stop using companion animals in tests with its Our Best Friends campaign.

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5:10AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

signed the Best Friends campaign, thanks for sharing :)

12:05PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Thank Goodness, that the breeding facility was rejected...I love Beagles, and I would cringe whenever I heard that a Beagle had gone missing...More often than not, they ended up in some sort of test laboratory...These poor doggies seem to be the preferred "guinea pigs", for pharmaceutical testing!!!

11:36AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

goood for Beagles. I am happy that the beagles have big victory!

3:21PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Awesome news

1:12AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Good news! :)

5:34AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

These are the news I love the most.

2:14PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Fantastic News :)

9:42AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Awesome News!
Thanks for sharing this !

2:21PM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Good news, I took the phone call Th. night to vote against this....we have to keep on fighting for all the other animals being used in research or tortured, etc.

1:55PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

There is no reason that animals need to be used for horrible stuff like this. There are plenty of other methods that do not harm anything.

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