Beagles Protest Lab Supplier’s Dog-Breeding

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Standing in formation, wearing beagle masks and holding signs that read, “NO to Grimston Beagle Farm”, PETA supporters participated in an eye-catching demonstration in Bristol. They were demanding that the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate refuse permission for B&K Universal to build a facility that would breed hundreds of dogs to be sold for deadly experiments in the UK and abroad.

B&K Universal is owned by US-based animal laboratory supplier Marshall Farms, which has been cited repeatedly by US authorities for animal welfare violations. Their proposed facilities at Grimston in Yorkshire would have no outside access for the dogs; a recent exposé of a similar UK dog-breeding facility revealed that the dogs were let out of their barren cages for only 20 minutes per week.

Dogs are used mainly for toxicity testing in the UK, in which they are repeatedly poisoned with experimental drugs and harsh chemicals, including pesticides. This factory farm for dogs wouldn’t just breed puppies for toxic chemical tests in the UK – it would also likely sell dogs overseas to countries where animals in laboratories have even less protection than they do here. B&K’s application has already been turned down by the local council, but they are now trying to have this overturned.


  • Laura Bamber commented on September 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This can not go ahead, it would appear here in the UK councils do not listen to people as we have just seen via The Welsh Government whom have just passed the appeal with blessing to allow their largest puppy farm yet! Reasons unknown due to the mass over population of dumped/unwanted and destroyed dogs in the UK!

    Lets PRAY the local council for this circus of pain and torture see sense and just say NO!

    Why is out government allowing the country to take steps back?! Poor Beagles and why them, because you can torture them half to death and they will still give you a second and third chance! >:(

  • Belinda Britton commented on September 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Very proud to have taken part in this, was nice to meet the Peta crew too!

  • Caroline Clune commented on September 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Marshall’s are breaking the Law, why should they get away with breaking the Law when everyone else has to abide by it. Also this farm is encouraging terrible unnecessary cruelty to Beagle dogs, all for money, some fat arse makes a lot of money while Beagle dogs suffer and die. Also the British Government have pledged to reduce animals suffering in animal experimentation labs, this is not a good sign allowing illegal dog farms to go through and be built, when they said they were going to reduce animals suffering. Also we should be encouraging our scientists and resea rchers to advance themselves and devise advanced non animal using experimentsto benefit animal and human kind, not stick it through an animal for convenience, where’s the brain work there

  • John Carmody commented on September 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    nice job

  • GSD Lover commented on September 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Well thats me not visiting these councils area!! If enough people stop going spending money ie hit em in thier pocket!! Maybe with pressure from local companies & animal lovers they may reconsider, loss of income off 1 business V loss of revenue of tourists parking, spending money at the local level etc. They have books to balance!

  • Julie commented on September 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    All I can say is shame on you for making animals go through agonising experiments it is barbaric and not needed in this day and age it is about time they found some other way and not use animals, humans are supposed to be the superior race i don’t think so or they wouldn’t even be using pesticides as this is damaging to the planet, do you think animals don’t feel pain how anybody can do this to an animal knowing how painful it is for them is not human.

  • Joy commented on September 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Maybe these research laboratories will one day come to realise the significance of the following words…

    And when at last we meet the Creator
    On that Final Day
    Which of us will bow our heads
    In shame……and look away.

  • Julia commented on September 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

    NO MORE ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION! It is downright unethical and absolutely outrageous!!!
    All scientific experiments should be carried out on Human Rapists Human peodophiles and Human Serial Killers!!! The results would be far more conclusive!!

  • Aimee commented on September 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This is outrageous, The world is giving animals terrible conditions and deaths for it’s own gain (meat). Now the world is prepared to use domestic animals for lab testing. This is DISGUSTING. If this is what is acceptable of today, no wonder people are prepared to murder other people or carry out acts of violence. To this world, I say…Shame on you.

  • S commented on October 13, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    For decades the government has consistently promised to reduce animal testing and consistently failed to do. More and more animals are being used at a time when more alternatives are becoming available.

    Many researchers have produced more reliable methods than animal testing such as cadavers with artificial blood flow and the use of human stem cells, which have even been used to grow whole organs. For example, Kyle McCracken has succeeded in growing miniature stomachs from human stem cells and Rudolph Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim have developed a three-dimensional cell culture system of neuronal cells which reproduces the full course of events underlying the development of Alzeimer’s Disease. Unlike animal models, this cell culture model produces plaques and tangles (which do not appear in mice models) so a greater understanding of how Alzeimer’s develops can be gained.

    Similarly, Amelia Wilcock has developed a model of the blood-brain barrier made entirely of human cells, and Lauran Madden has developed electrically and chemically responsive, contractile human muscle tissues which can be used for predictive drug and toxicology screening and the development of new therapeutics for human muscle disorders.

    In the area of toxicology testing, Ewa Moczka has created a computer system which assesses the changes in fluorescent dye patterns in relation to different toxicity levels and doses of specific compounds. It has been proved that these computerised estimations of toxicity levels are very similar to the true values.

    The above mentioned alternatives are more reliable than most animal models. For example, in the TGN1412 drug trial, human volunteers suffered from severe multiple organ failure despite monkeys being able to tolerate doses five hundred times larger without any serious side effects. A new test was then developed using human cells in a test tube and this reproduced the reaction the volunteers had suffered. What annoys me is that I tried to persuade the researchers involved to use stem cells instead of monkeys. If they had listened to me the human volunteers would have been spared a lot of pain and suffering.

    Similarly, many people with high blood pressure have been taking aspirin because studies on mice indicated that aspirin helps to prevent strokes but recent research proves that it actually causes strokes . My grandparents now have dementia due to strokes associated with aspirin use.

    Alexander Fleming would have thrown his penicillin away if he had performed his initial tests on guinea pigs and hamsters and he publicly stated that misleading results from animal testing almost prevented the discovery of the entire field of antibiotics. Even today 98 per cent of drug trials fail in the transition from animal models to humans.

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