Yorkshire beagle breeding expansion plans rejected

Plans to extend an East Yorkshire centre which breeds dogs for research have been rejected.

B&K Universal, based in the village of Grimston, breeds beagles for animal testing and had sought planning permission to redevelop its facilities.

Anti-vivisection campaigners had protested against the expansion.

East Riding Council said concerns over traffic were behind the refusal. B&K Universal declined to comment following the decision.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society welcomed the rejection.

Chief executive Jan Creamer said: "Science is quickly moving away from testing on dogs and their use is outdated, unscientific and cruel.

"It is completely unacceptable to use animals in experiments when there are superior scientific methods now available which do not involve their use. "

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