It’s a sign of the times when a director of a Beagle breeding unit (B&K Universal) has to take his second planning appeal – refused twice by East Riding Council – to the Government, in order to secure permission to breed Beagles for laboratory experiments, falsely claimed able to ‘predict’ the responses of human patients.
No one wants this Beagle unit, not even East Riding Council!! Current science now proves why animals will never be able to predict the responses of human patients. At least twenty papers have been accepted by peer reviewed science journals highlighting this position, and the Editor in Chief at the British Medical Journal further agrees in her Editors choice, June 2014, titled How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research? This article concluded by quoting from the paper it cited:
“If research conducted on animals continues to be unable to reasonably predict what can be expected in humans, the public’s continuing endorsement and funding of preclinical animal research seems misplaced”.
The Secretary of State for local communities has bowed to pressure from one community only – animal experimentation lobbyists – and overturned a wise decision to now allow an expansion which unequivocally fails human patients.
We admire the locals in Grimston, Hull, who have fought this expansion for 5 years and who will continue to fight it. We support the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE): our medical Board illustrates their evidence. FLOE gave an important interview for the BBC on the day of the decision, calling for B&K Universal to submit a scientist for a thorough medical debate hearing with our experts. Please listen below. The conditions for this hearing, which will be presided over by independent judges from the scientific community, have been endorsed by Michael Mansfield QC.
Please sign our petition! It calls for the PR organisation for the animal model community – ‘Understanding Animal Research’ – to stop wasting time and agree to submit the name of a scientist to debate our experts, in the called for medical hearing. Please SIGN and SHARE our petition here.