Permission for beagle breeding site for medical research in Grimston to be decided on today

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by KCFM

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The Communities Secretary is due to make a decision today on whether to allow a beagle breeding farm to be built in the East Riding.

B&K Universal want to build breeding facilities at their site in Grimston, which houses animals for use in medical research.

They say the development would benefit their animals- and the local economy but the plans have been opposed by animal rights campaigners as well as local residents.


Campaigner Alex Irving believes animal testing is holding science back:

“We’re against more dogs or any other animals being bred for experiments because this will just further entrench a method of medical research that has so far significantly damaged the advancement of human healthcare. Non-human animals do not predict the human response.”

But David Gatehouse from B&K Universal says the development would benefit their animals and the local economy:

“Essentially all this is about, and it really is very simple, is improving welfare standards for the animals, particularly the dogs. What it will also do is protect existing jobs, generate new jobs and generate a lot of work for suppliers and contractors in the Grimston and Hull areas.”

Plans had been rejected before following a petition of 40,000 people who opposed the proposals, but now B&K will find out whether their objections to that decision will be approved.

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Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by KCFM

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