Started 2 petitions
Save beagles from new plans to expand laboratory breeding farm in Yorkshire
Please visit http://bit.ly/yorkshirebeagles for the most up to date information about this campaign and the current petition. Despite plans for a Yorkshire beagle breeding facility being rejected in 2012 by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP, another application has recently been submitted to East Riding Council for the same purpose and on the same land in Grimston. The BUAV is calling on the Planning Committee of the Council of East Riding to reject the planning proposal by Yorkshire Evergreen to construct a new facility to breed and supply dogs and rodents to the research industry. In January 2012, plans by Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd for a beagle breeding facility on the same site were rejected after public outcry at the news, which saw Brian May and Ricky Gervais join the BUAV to campaign for the application to be rejected. The BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign is calling on the Government to ban all experiments on dogs and cats in the UK and includes requesting no further facilities are granted permission to breed dogs for the sole purpose of supplying to UK laboratories. The most recent annual Home Office statistics report that 3,214 dogs suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain in 2012. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011). 3,595 experiments were conducted on dogs that had been specifically bred in the UK for experiments. Beagles are largely used in toxicity (poisoning) testing both for human and veterinary drugs, as well as agrochemicals. They can be force fed chemicals and drugs in capsules or via plastic tubes inserted through their mouths, directly into their stomach or strapped into a harness for hours at a time while substances are pumped directly into their bloodstream. Animals can suffer adverse effects that result in vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and lethargy. Some dogs may become so ill that they either die or have to be euthanased for welfare purposes. Please sign the petition and urge East Riding Planning Committee to reject Yorkshire Evergreen's application immediately.
Support Air Canada’s Decision to Stop Transporting Primates for Research
Airlines play a key role in the international trade in primates for research by transporting monkeys for laboratories around the world. Cruelty and suffering are an intrinsic part of the trade. Some monkeys are taken from the wild; others are the offspring of wild-caught individuals forced into captivity for a lifetime of breeding. All are torn from their family groups, packed into small, wooden crates and shipped as cargo, usually on extremely long journeys. Revelations by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) of Air Canada’s role in the transportation of primates for research led to widespread publicity and an international campaign supported by Change.org members, animal organisations and individuals around the world. As a consequence, Air Canada has made a decision to stop the transportation of such primates and filed an amended tariff to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). The airline stated: “It was a decision taken both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern.” Unfortunately, following a complaint, the CTA has now suspended Air Canada’s amended tariff pending a hearing on its proposed new policy. Please support Air Canada’s decision and request the Canadian Transportation Agency recognise the strength of public feeling on this issue and allow Air Canada to align its policies with those of other major passenger airlines. Primates are highly sensitive animals, so this treatment and the conditions they endure are extremely stressful for them. Some may become ill and even die in transit. Delays, poor ventilation, noise and temperature fluctuations can add to their misery. Only a small number of passenger airlines continue to be involved in this grim business, including Air France, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Air and Vietnam Airlines. Read more about the BUAV Cargo Cruelty campaign and see a full list of airlines which do and do not transport non-human primates for research.