Foxes Are Saved But Dogs Are Not

Good news this week – the Conservatives have been thwarted in their plans to bring back fox-hunting. Thank God for the SNP saying they would vote against them which made them postpone the bill (though I guess that means they will try to put it through at a later date). However, my joy was short-lived. True to form, they have taken another decision that will harm defenceless animals. Below is the letter that I received from Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV).








Dear Lynne

I’m writing with a heavy heart to tell you that the Government has announced today a cruel beagle breeding farm in Yorkshire can expand.

This decision means that thousands of dogs could be bred by Bantin & Kingman Ltd in the picturesque hamlet of Grimston – to suffer and die in experiments in the UK and Europe.

Lynne, like me I know you will be deeply disappointed by this decision.

Bantin & Kingman has been attempting to extend its Yorkshire beagle farm since at least 2011.

In January, their Italian sister company Green Hill, saw three executives convicted of animal cruelty at a similar beagle breeding farm.

Bantin & Kingman not only shares the same parent company as Green Hill – Ghislaine Rondot, one of the executives to receive a prison sentence in Italy for animal cruelty, was also its Director.

We have been there every step of the way, trying to prevent this cruel business from expanding.


  • provided expert legal argument to the Government
  • handed in our 99,000 strong petition
  • helped convince local councillors to turn down two previous planning applications by the company

As you’d expect, we are condemning the Government’s decision in the strongest possible terms, and looking at legal options to challenge it.

But sadly, today’s decision shows just what a David and Goliath fight we have on our hands.

Lynne, ending animal experiments isn’t easy.  But we know that it’s the right thing to do.

And we will not rest until no more dogs are forced to spend a lifetime of misery suffering in cruel animal experiments in UK laboratories.

3,554 puppies and dogs suffered and died in 4,779 experiments in Britain in 2013. Lynne, you can help them.

If we stand together, we can end the misery suffered by thousands of dogs who spend their days confined inside laboratories.

Please sign our petition calling for a ban on the use of dogs and cats in UK laboratories now.

Thank you

Carla Owen

Director of Campaigns & Communications

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