National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Beagle Farm proposal rejected in victory for animal welfare

Posted: 16 June 2011. Updated: 28 November 2011


The Planning Committee of East Riding Council has helped strike a blow for animal welfare and protection by voting to refuse planning permission for a new building for breeding beagle dogs to be used in laboratory experiments, says the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS).

The NAVS presented their oral evidence to the Committee today. Prior to the meeting, the Council had also received a mass of objections to the application from the NAVS, its supporters, other animal groups and thousands of individuals.

After a brief debate, Committee moved to refuse the application, citing traffic concerns surrounding the site, including an unsuitable road system.

Jan Creamer, the NAVS Chief Executive said: “We are delighted by the Council’s decision, which will help strike a blow for the millions of animals currently languishing throughout the UK in research laboratories.

“Science is quickly moving away from testing on dogs and their use is outdated, unscientific, and cruel. It is completely unacceptable to use animals in experiments when there are superior scientific methods now available which do not involve their use. ”

B&K’s proposal was completely against the thrust of the new European rules on animal testing (Directive 2010/63/EU) that emphasize that animal experiments should be replaced with advanced technology.

Currently, the UK government is reviewing the UK legislation on animal experiments to comply with the new directive’s aim of raising animal welfare standards and accelerating replacement of animal tests. The new rules make it clear that research and funding into alternatives must increase, so B&K Universal’s proposal was completely at odds with this objective.

Tim Phillips, the NAVS Campaigns Director said: “This year the UK will begin the first major revision of animal experimentation rules in over 25 years and we are lobbying the government to seriously commit to the implementation of sophisticated replacements for animal experiments which advance science whilst ending animal suffering.”

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