National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Brian May and Peter Egan join NAVS campaign to halt beagle farm plans

Posted: 8 June 2015

With a decision on whether Yorkshire Evergreen’s appeal against the rejection of its beagle farm plans due on or before 18 June, celebrities Brian May and Peter Egan have joined the NAVS in opposing the controversial facility.

Queen guitarist Brian May made an urgent appeal to Secretary of State Greg Clark who has final say over the plans, stating “There is no justification for forcing dogs to suffer in experiments. Please do the right thing and reject these cruel plans.”

Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan voiced concerns about the dog farm, saying “The fate of hundreds of dogs hangs in the balance. With science moving away from crude animal tests, it makes no sense to approve these plans and consign man’s best friend to a life of suffering in the laboratory.”

If passed, the Yorkshire Evergreen plans would see a farm built in Grimston, Yorkshire, where hundreds of dogs and other animals would be bred and sold to laboratories.

Owned by US multinational animal supplier Marshall BioResources, the company has attempted to push through its plans for over two years, appealing multiple rejections.

A director was convicted of illegally killing and mistreating animals earlier this year by an Italian court.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, NAVS President Jan Creamer said, “Brian May and Peter Egan’s support comes at a crucial time, as Yorkshire Evergreen’s unwanted and unnecessary plans are considered once again. The NAVS urges the Secretary of State to dismiss these deadly plans and do the right thing in the name of science, the public and the animals who will be destined to suffer if the facility goes ahead.”

Latest statistics show that 3,554 dogs were experimented on in Britain, marking a 10% rise from the year before. Being small and docile, beagles are preferred test subjects. Dogs are commonly used for ‘toxicology’ experiments where they may be force-fed chemicals and have toxic substances pumped into their veins which can make them so sick that they die in agony. Almost all individuals are killed at the end of the experiment.

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