Government Lets Dogs Down, Approves New Beagle Breeding Facility in Yorkshire

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Today is a deeply upsetting day for dogs. The government has just approved plans to build a new facility in the East Riding of Yorkshire that will breed beagles to be used in cruel animal tests. This heartless decision disregards the opinions of both the public and local authorities and condemns thousands of animals to be caged, mutilated and killed in experiments.

Animals are not ours to experiment onJo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Back in November 2013, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council rightly rejected the planning application submitted by B&K Universal, a company that supplies animals to the unethical vivisection industry. Now, shamefully, the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, has overturned the council’s decision, despite hearing from over 35,000 compassionate PETA supporters and other campaign groups that urged him to reject B&K Universal’s appeal.

Breeding dogs for experiments supports a shameful trade and is something that belongs in the past, when we didn’t know that we had other options. No dog deserves to be bred on a factory farm in a barren, sterile and windowless prison with concrete floors and cold tiled walls, separated from hearth and home. The proposed facility doesn’t even include any outdoor runs for the puppies to exercise in.

When they’re old enough, the dogs will be delivered to a laboratory, like a piece of equipment, to be poisoned with pesticides, drugged or cut up in archaic experiments. Beagles are friendly, loyal and docile dogs. These qualities – which make them excellent family companions – are also the very reason why animal experimenters choose to use them for tests, exploiting their trusting nature.

Previous investigations of breeding “farms” in the UK have uncovered shocking conditions, including fighting, injuries and the killing of “surplus stock”. The sooner the whole B&K Universal operation is shut down, the better.

Thank you to everyone who spoke out against this horrific planning application. Today’s news is certainly a setback, but it’s not over yet. PETA will now look to challenge this decision to help save thousands of beagles from suffering – with your help, of course.


  • Sam Dutton commented on July 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    This is deeply upsetting. It is cruel, needless and frankly barbaric. I thought that we were past this. It’s a very sad day for animal rights.

    • Jeaneen Andretta commented on July 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      The whole thing comes down to greed. The country gets paid off by the company and the poor dogs suffer. People really do suck!

      • A Biologist commented on January 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

        what are you people, idiots? You do realise that there are rigorous standards and procedures in place to PRIORITISE the animals welfare, but then again all you see are cute animals and obviously don’t care about helping countless men, women and even children suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease and the rest of the long list of conditions that are currently incurable. No you would rather be outraged at the thought of animals undergoing tests that lets face it, you don’t even understand.
        Laws, regulations and much much more are in place to prevent anything unethical or cruel, not that the author of this article has any such idea and obviously you misinformed masses of morons are all to happy to follow suit. look it up yourself and stop blindly following moral outrages just because you have a bloody internet connection. it is causes like this that give PETA and the rest of you lot a bad name.

      • Ruby commented on January 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        Even if animal testing is beneficial to medical research, what gives humans the right to experiment on other species for our own benefit?

      • A Compassionate Activist commented on May 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

        I hope that one day soon, the self-titled Biologist, realises his or her negative and abusive response does nothing to convince free-minded self-determined people of the necessity for nor legitimacy of this cruel practice.

        We all need our eyes opening at some point in our lives and our education should never cease.

  • Jackie Crozier commented on July 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Do you have any plans for protests at the farm?

    • Anne commented on July 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      We’re currently looking into the most effective way to oppose the facility going forward. Watch this space for updates!

      • Stephen Seagreen-Bell commented on May 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        Please keep me updated on any campaign or action with which you need support to oppose or prevent this happening.

  • Maureen Keenan commented on July 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    How do we find out which companies use products tested on animals? Is there a list somewhere?

  • Wierstra commented on July 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Let go the Beagles and stop breedings! Make some progress and finance alternatif methods !!!!!!!!!!! Safer for humans health, for sure .
    And so much better for animals too. “doing the right thing” in your life, it’s the moment ! Get a change !

  • Pam commented on July 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    How disgusting to hear the government has gone against the will of people they represent. There is no reason to do testing on animals in this day and age especially when most have already been done before or not relevant. If need to test use murders and rapists at least results would be more appropriate to human race

  • riot commented on July 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Mes saints frères et soeurs en plus martyrs dans les machines a tué que l animal humain crée ne doit ni être du futur ni du présent mais un passé a faire vomir touts les enfants du monde.

  • Gillian Schifreen commented on July 18, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    How are earth could anyone choose to make a living from this? There are some pretty low forms of employment out there but this one is up there with people trafficking and pimping.

    • Peter commented on July 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      -as is the case for much of our government especially those approving such attrocities aginst animals that is based on weak science

  • David Lavery commented on July 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    We have a government that supports fox hunting so its no surprise they allow cruelty.

  • Michelle white commented on July 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    How sad

  • C. Morgan McNeil commented on July 19, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Breeding dogs for testing is not in aid of science. It’s business. Greed. Results are non correspondent. Animal testing represents a kind of dementia just as self interest is wont to be in any venture. . Many a researcher has come out.. said flatly there is virtually nothing that cannot be tested using plant cells. Tests are often simply redundant. Bottom. line.. drugs or procedures to be used in the treatment of human disorders are only tested adequately for efficacy if tested on human subjectd. In thypasr unwitting

  • C. Morgan McNeil commented on July 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

    That Animal testing of drugs intended for use on humans provides results that are non correspondent is generally known by all concerned. That countless redundant tests are devised despite the certainty of non correspondent results should be indiction enough to alert all concerned individuals of the real objectives of required animal testing namely to ready for sale a commodity. It follows, profits to the maker. Efficacy remains to a greater or lesser extent conjectural. But money is made breeding selling oft time procuring through theft animals used in round after round of trials as in military medical training. In North America stolen animals have been a preferred commodity meaning companion animals and pets. Farms have been maintained for nearly two centuries now where stolen pets are held for use in progessively more invasive tests unto death. Macabre abuse by ‘researchers’ has often been documented. Tests regardless of their utility or lack there of involve an aggregation of income to all those involved with procurement, housing, transfer, and rounds of ever more invasive tests unto death. Research on animals is, has always been, far less likely than demographics to provide key information. There can’t be enough stolen pets to satisfy research grant application need. But to resesrch on anmals is to be rich. To study human response is to learn and learn how best to practice medicine. Education would reveal breeders of animals for use in animal testing for what they are, entrepreneurs. People who sell what can be sold. Observation of human response is medical practice. Devising and selling drugs and drug testing reliant on the abuse and ultimate death of animals bred for such purposes is crude. Results are only ideationally relevant. Breeding beagles is a business that apart from making money serves an outmoded exploitative and necessarily inefficient when not straightforwardly inaccurate therefor useless result. Beagles have been used over decades in wholly redundant tests involving the burning of their flesh. Requirements for testing on established drugs is a make money rule serving industry and entrepreneurs not medicine or the recipients thereof. But still worse, the military has over this century been involved in endless heinous application of animals to train new surgeons when medical models have been shown conclusively to give best training results. Look to the contractors. They sell death not state of the art teaching models, not approximate models, only dogs, only animals whose lives are still not justly regulated.

  • C. Morgan McNeil commented on July 19, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Breeding dogs for testing is not in aid of science. It’s business. Greed. Results are non correspondent. Animal testing represents a kind of dementia just as self interest is wont to be in any venture. . Many a researcher has come out.. said flatly there is virtually nothing that cannot be tested using plant cells. Tests are often simply redundant. Bottom. line.. drugs or procedures to be used in the treatment of human disorders are only tested adequately for efficacy if tested on human subjectd. In the ypasr unwitting

  • Kim Rogers commented on July 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I am deeply sadden by this news its heart breaking and unnecessary I can not understand how a human can make such a cruel decision.
    Thank you PETA for being the voice for all animals.

  • Paul commented on July 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

    This is disgusting – how can me and my family help stop this going ahead?

  • Stella commented on July 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m shocked & appalled at this news & hope that saner minds will prevail & stop this from happening.

  • virginia commented on July 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Fottute merde.

  • Mariaelena Greggio commented on July 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This atrocity has to stop.
    Animals deserve to live free and loved

  • Antonio Di Bello commented on July 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm


  • Cosci Sonia commented on July 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Cruelty Free !!!!

  • Carly fee commented on July 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What can we do? How do we organise? Surely if everyone who petitioned against this sickness agreed to March or protest at the proposed premises we’s stand a chance? Maybe I’m being naive and idealistic but I know how hard it is to get most people to care for farm animals- whereas when it comes to dogs, surely the numbers would be huge?

  • Kelly Brown commented on July 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    This breaks my heart, I have an 18month old Beagle called Bentley, he is loyal, highly intelligent, funny & above all loving. I feel so stupid because up until 3 days ago I had no idea this happened in England! I thought this had all stopped decades ago! As I’m wrighting this Bentley has his nose to my face looking into my eyes with the most innocent big brown eyes that melt my heart! I’m gutted by all this I’ve lost sleep over this sad news please let me know of any protesting or anything I can do I would happily re-home ex laboratory beagles.
    I’m new to being a Vegaterian & it’s opened up my eyes to so many evil cruel acts that take place on this earth that I never even knew existed.
    There are so many things I never even gave a second thought to from my cosmetics to my cleaning products I feel I have a dutie to make drastic changes in my life, & I want to help urge every dog owner & animal lover to stand together & put a stop this it just can’t be allowed to continue.

  • Robert Crookes commented on July 23, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Evolve already!!

  • Bernadette commented on July 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    How disgusting . And theses cruel humans lead the country !!!!

  • Diana Stivanson commented on July 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    this is wrong,what kind of government does this ? its wrong to make these animal suffer.

  • Denise Mozingo commented on July 24, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Practice on people not puppies. There’s all kinds of dirtbags out there….volunteer them

    • Diana Reid commented on May 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      My thoughts exactly!

  • SandrA commented on July 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Stop please

  • carmen cruz commented on July 24, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Basta ya de tanto maltro animal .

  • Lacey commented on July 24, 2015 at 3:36 am

    This is absolutely pitiful. What makes ones life not any more important than a humans life. We all know everything that hurts a human, so why keep using animals? There’s no reason for it. If you’re so concerned about the safety of humans, and finding out more stuff about them, why don’t you just experiment on them. Instead of helpless animals, who have no voice to say they don’t want to be apart of that…? Use better techniques. We live in the 21st century. We don’t need this type of cruelty to exist anymore.

  • Awilda Acosta commented on July 24, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Poor babies

  • Alissa Campbell commented on July 24, 2015 at 4:54 am

    This is animal abuse and is wrong

  • Charlie matley commented on July 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

    This is completely barbaric. Cameron must be shown that we will not stand for this kind of animal cruelty

  • Patricia Glass commented on July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Stop this!!!!!

  • Mack commented on July 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Hi everyone who is commenting saying how disgusting this is. I just want to point out that this farm is being used to produce animals used for medical testing NOT for cosmetic testing and to all those saying that animal testing is pointless and never helped anyone I would like to point out that the smallpox vaccine, polio vaccine, tetanus vaccine and others all come from animal testing and I would like to point out these have saved countless human lives. The second point I would like to make is that these dogs are actually treated well, if the animals used during testing are not happy then this can ruin the results making the entire test pointless. Please everybody educate yourselves on this issue before giving a completely emotional response to this issue. Thankyou

  • cathy meredith commented on July 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Its all down to money-as always. Barbaric – yet this is supposed to be a civilized country. Look at the fuss there is over relatively minor happenings to human beings. Why are human beings so special? Aggressive and selfish- most of them.

  • georgina Johnson commented on August 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I’m just applied with this government what more can I say

  • Amelia Cretiu commented on August 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Stop this cruelty for innocent animals! Beagles are sweet and kind dogs! They don’t deserve this torture! No animal deserve this! Greg Clark, this is the bad decision ever! You don’t have feelings! You should be ashame! Be sure you will pay for this!

  • Amelia Cretiu commented on August 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Stop this cruelty for innocent animals! Beagles are sweet and kind dogs! They don’t deserve this torture! No animal deserve this!

  • lynda chabane commented on August 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Downright torture and abuse of innocents. These needs to stop !!!

  • Megan commented on August 27, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Words can’t describe how utterly disgusting this truly is. Opening a prison for dogs who’ll live the most miserable lives imaginable. Is this really the UK in 2015? I am so ashamed. Please PETA keep us informed of anything that we can do to try and stop this.

  • Jackie Howard commented on September 5, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This outrages and barbaric what is wrong with the government hardhearted morons Lets breed mps for experiments It like breeding baby farms No wonder they are cslled the uncaring nasty party but I suppose this wont bother them Hearthearted b——

  • Jackie Howard commented on September 5, 2015 at 7:16 am

    So wrong unbelievable that these people think this is the right thing to do unbelivsble herd hearted

  • Stefania Vigano' commented on September 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    No words

  • Melanie Elliot commented on September 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Absolute disgrace, what can we do to stop this from happening?

  • Annamaria Quinn commented on October 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve had this reply from our local MP, which I think is fairly noncommittal, as I would expect. So is this evil facility still going ahead or not?

    Dear Ms Quinn,

    Many thanks for getting in touch with me about the use of animals to predict human responses. I believe that wherever possible, animals should not be used in research.

    I am pleased that the Government has outlined how it will work to reduce, replace and refine the use of animals in research – known as ‘the 3Rs’. The UK’s National Centre for the 3Rs has been leading the way in this area, and has already invested over £35 million to support this work. As a result, trials into cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, as well as toxicity testing, have all seen reductions in animal use.
    Animal research still plays a small but important role in providing vital safety information for potential new medicines. It is worth remembering that, as a result of findings from animal studies, a large number of potential new drugs never get as far as being tested in humans. Some aspects of the toxicological assessment of new medicines cannot be adequately assessed in humans, and animal data will be the only kind available.
    The Predictive Toxicology project was carried out by a consortium of pharmaceutical companies, enterprises, and universities to characterise the effects of 16 test compounds using conventional toxicological parameters and newer approaches. A study published in May 2013 examined over 1200 adverse drug reactions with an incidence rate of over 5 per cent from almost 150 new medicines. The analysis showed that almost half of these were entirely predictable from animal data.
    Without animal testing it is highly likely that a large number of potentially dangerous new medicines would be tested in healthy volunteers and patients in clinical trials, and Ministers believe that this would be quite unacceptable. However, animals are only used when there are no suitable alternatives, and by encouraging new cutting-edge approaches to science we will ensure that standards of animal welfare are improved.
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,
    Robert Buckland QC MP

  • S commented on October 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Animal testing makes me feel stressed and stress causes cancer and heart disease. The irony there.

  • Paul commented on November 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Could PETA please let everyone know where this project is up to?

    I would like to know where the facility is being built and when so my family can then sort out its protest strategy?

    Also, are you aware that Facebook posts are being taken down which are related to this project – I have a friend in Australia who is the only one who is able to share and respond – very strange…!!!

  • Brandon Gebbia commented on November 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm


  • Hailey commented on March 20, 2016 at 12:30 am

    There are no words! In this day and age too. What can we do to end this? The quicker the less dogs that have to suffer and the more dogs can be free and safe. I don’t know how anyone could do this!

  • Julie commented on April 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    This is absolutely filthy! I used to have faith in the government , but now I know the truth , this country has no democracy , but instead runs on greed , selfishness , cruelty and dirty money , and some right b*******! Despite the protests and the thousands of dedicated people that fought to prevent this utter work of hell , the Government got his own despicable way , which proves my point of no democracy and selfishness. If the work they ‘re doing on the dogs is really necessary, then why not do it on the criminals , the proper evil ones or the ones who deserve it? They are humans after all , and that’s what they’re working for , the humans. That’s another thing; This has nothing to do with dogs , it’s all for the development of humans , so why torture them ! The poor things have done nothing to us except bring us love and joy. I could go on forever , and I’d love to somehow make a difference , but I’m not able , due to circumstances. I was thinking of writing to the Gov to tell him what I think. But what would that do , he wouldn’t listen.

  • Samantha commented on May 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you for all that you to help these beautiful being’s that God has blessed us with.

  • Margaret Sowers commented on May 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Don’t poison animals! I don’t know how you can do this.

  • H Jones commented on May 18, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Greg Clark is the same person who blocked the Government Bill to stop animal circuses in this country. He must certainly have a thing against animals. Minister for Universities , Science and Cities ! In May 2015 promoted to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Environment. Obviously ‘communities’ opinions don’t equate in his remit either.
    It is so disgusting and for one I haven’t a clue why science is even attempting to find cures for old age problems. We ( the oldies) are apparently costing the country too much anyway, so why produce more drugs at more expense which they won’t want to give us anyway. I hope Greg doesn’t get to vote on euthanasia .

  • Tracy commented on June 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I think this is a disgusting and cruel no dog should have to go through this vile and cruel treatment. I have read so many horror stories with animal testing and looking at the pictures of these helpless poor creatures being broken and tortured makes my blood boil. All animal testing should be BANNED FOR LIFE, dogs are to get loved not violated by these cruel people.

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