Animal rights campaigners are urging the Government to reject an appeal for a new beagle farm in Yorkshire.
The controversial plans attracted tens of thousands of objections before being turned down by East Riding Council’s planning committee last year after hearing it would blight the lives of residents in the village of Grimston.
But now the owners of the controversial animal research facility, have appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. It says the new building is needed to remain competitive, safeguard existing jobs and create ten more and “improve animal welfare.”
The plans, which campaigners said would have seen as many 300 breeding dogs - each producing litters of five - housed at Grimston, saw opposition from celebrities including Ricky Gervais, naturalist Chris Packham and radio presenter Mark Radcliffe.
Jan Creamer , the Chief executive of the National Anti-Vivisection Society said: " Dogs are pumped with fertilisers, pesticides and drugs and killed after suffering in crude and painful experiments. Poisoning dogs when more sophisticated scientific methods are available is unjustifiable.
“The Government has promised to reduce the number of animal experiments, so we urge the Planning Inspectorate to once again reject Bantin & Kingman Universal’s plans to breed beagles in Yorkshire for experiments.”
But a spokesman for the Grimston operation said without the development the future of the facility “will be put in doubt - with possibly severe knock-on effects for jobs.”
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