Radio DJ Mark Radcliffe and actor Peter Egan have joined the National Anti-Vivisection Society in opposing controversial plans to build a facility in East Yorkshire to breed beagle dogs for experiments.

Celebrities Mark Radcliffe and Peter Egan have joined the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) in opposing controversial plans to build a facility in East Yorkshire to breed beagles for experiments.

Group housed dogs used in safety testing of pharmaceuticals, August 2000.Plans submitted by Yorkshire Evergreen would see up to 2,000 beagles and other animals bred for research at the company’s facilities in Grimston, near Aldbrough.

Similar plans to breed beagles on the same site were rejected by East Riding Council’s planning committee in January 2012, but the company has now submitted a revised plan, seeking permission to construct a 1,200 sq metre building, as opposed to four smaller buildings, as previously proposed.

As well as opposing the proposals on the grounds of animal welfare, campaigners claim the company’s plans are liable to “disrupt the village and local community“, subjecting Grimston locals to sound pollution and damaged verges during building work, and disruption afterwards as animals are transported to laboratories, and the facility deals with the delivery of supplies and increased disposal of animal waste.

If permission is granted, work would commence in January, to be completed by November 2014.
 
A petition objecting to the breeding facility proposals has, so far, received more than 8,000 signatures, including two well-known names: BBC radio presenter Mark Radcliffe and actor Peter Egan (Cold Comfort Farm, Ever Decreasing Circles).

BBC radio presenter Mark RadcliffeMark Radcliffe said: “I am appalled by plans to breed puppies in windowless sheds, destined to die in crude and unreliable experiments, when the Government has pledged to reduce the number of animals used in research. I fully support the NAVS’ efforts to block plans to breed beagles for experiments in Grimston, Yorkshire.”
 
Peter Egan said: “I am completely opposed to vivisection on dogs and other animals on science and welfare grounds. Strapping dogs into harnesses and pumping them full of chemicals is poor science and a terrible reflection of a nation which likes to think of itself full of animal lovers. I am joining the NAVS to say no to plans to breed beagles in Yorkshire for experiments.”
 
Of the celebrity support, NAVS chief executive Jan Creamer said: “I am very pleased that Mark Radcliffe and Peter Egan are making a stand against Yorkshire Evergreen’s deadly plans. Allowing the planned beagle breeding facility would increase the supply of beagles which goes against the Government’s pledge to reduce the number of animals in experiments.

“I call on Yorkshire residents to join us in opposing Yorkshire Evergreen’s cruel plans which spell death and suffering for thousands of dogs and will also hold back the progress of modern, humane science.”
 

  • Objections can be sent in writing to: Planning and Development control, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA; online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/newpublicaccess or via email to beverley.dc@eastriding.gov.uk quoting: Objection to applications 13/03244/STPLF and 13/03245/STLBC submitted by Yorkshire Evergreen.
  • The deadline for submissions is October 28, 2013.
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