28,000 objections to beagle farm plan
TENS of thousands of new objections have been received to plans for a beagle breeding facility in East Yorkshire.
The bid by B&K Universal to expand its site at Grimston was rejected by East Riding Council in June on transport grounds.
But the company appealed and the case is now being considered by the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol.
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has submitted a petition with more than 28,000 signatures. It says the number of dogs used in experiments may increase if plans are approved.
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BUAV chief executive, Michelle Thew told the Mail: "The BUAV urges the Planning Inspectorate to refuse B&K's appeal to build a beagle breeding farm.
"There is widespread public concern about the use of dogs in research which is reflected in the large number of people who have signed the BUAV's petition objecting to B&K's plans. The breeding industry is nothing short of a production line, the dogs are treated as products, bred to suffer and die in laboratories.
"Allowing such a facility to go ahead is likely to increase the number of dogs used in research because they will be more readily available.
"This is at odds with public opinion and the recent Government pledge to reduce the numbers of animals in experiments. There is a range of non-animal research techniques that provide a modern, humane approach to science which should be used instead."
The objections lodged in Bristol follow 6,500 submissions received by East Riding Council about the application.
In June, councillors voted against the bid after officers said the company had not given enough information about traffic safety measures. But the planning committee pointed out moral issues about animal experiments were not planning considerations.
Immediately after the decision, B&K Universal general manager Roy Sutcliffe vowed to fight on to secure permission. The company hopes to demolish the majority of its existing site and construct four new buildings to house the dogs.
The Planning Inspectorate decision is likely to take several months.