Queen guitarist and animal advocate Brian May has joined the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) speaking out and opposing controversial plans to build a facility in Yorkshire to breed Beagle dogs for experiments.
Making an urgent appeal to Secretary of State Greg Clark who has final say over the plans, May said “There is no justification for forcing dogs to suffer in experiments. Please do the right thing and reject these cruel plans.”
Brian May has also been joined in condemning plans by Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan who has voiced concerns about the dog farm, saying “The fate of hundreds of dogs hangs in the balance. With science moving away from crude animal tests, it makes no sense to approve these plans and consign man’s best friend to a life of suffering in the laboratory.”
Latest statistics show that 3,554 dogs were experimented on in Britain, marking a 10% rise from the year before. Dogs are commonly used for ‘toxicology’ experiments where they may be force-fed chemicals and have toxic substances pumped into their veins which can make them so sick that they die in agony. Almost all individuals are killed at the end of the experiment.
Science is moving away from using animals with far more advanced alternatives available. In addition, public support for animal experiments has fallen and the Government has pledged to reduce the number of animals in experiments.
The plans are liable to disrupt the village and local community, subjecting Grimston locals to sound pollution and damaged verges during building work and disruption afterwards as young beagles are transported off to their fates in laboratories, and the facility deals with the delivery of supplies and increased disposal of animal waste.
A final decision on the latest appeal is expected on or before 18 June. Find out how you can make your voice heard here: http://www.navs.org.uk