B&K breeding facility application rejected
A planning application from B&K Universal to expand their beagle kennel facility in East Yorkshire has been rejected.
The East Riding council planning committee voted 5-4 against the proposal for the site in Grimston.
B&K argued that expansion of their current kennel facility would allow them to breed beagles on site, rather than relying on importing the animals by air, as is currently the case. B&K supply dogs for medical and veterinary research, as well as safety testing to laboratories around the country.
Villagers opposed to the site claimed that it would create extra traffic, leading to problems in the neighbouring roads. Groups protesting against the use of animals in research started a petition against the planning application, although a councillor for East Riding stated that the ethics of animal research would not be taken into account.
A similar bid last year from B&K Universal was rejected on the grounds that the construction would cause excessive noise and would not be in keeping with the local environment. The most recent application had scaled down the plans in accordance with these recommendations.
Wendy Jarrett, Chief Executive, Understanding Animal Research, said:
“We are very disappointed that East Riding of Yorkshire Council has ignored the advice of its officers and has rejected this planning application. While scientists don’t want to have to use dogs – or any animal for that matter – the fact is they remain essential for safety testing new medicines before they are given to human beings. It would have been much better for the dogs if they could be bred here in the UK rather than having to be flown in from abroad.
“Research using dogs has given us insulin to control diabetes, treatments for heart disease, organ transplants, the ECG and the defibrillator, as well as many medicines and vaccines for our pet dogs. Today’s decision is a blow to the future of this important research in the UK.”