A contentious puppy breeding farm for the animal experiment industry has been given planning permission by the Government.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark overturned a planning inspector’s refusal to allow a US-owned company to breed beagle puppies at Grimston near Hull, in East Yorkshire, for use in drug tests.
An appeal against the decision was called in by Mr Clark after a previous application was thrown out by his predecessor Sir Eric Pickles in January 2012.
The new breeding facility, which was opposed by the local council and is the focus of a long-running campaign by animal rights groups, will be Britain’s second facility for breeding beagles for vivisection.
It will compete with Harlan in Cambridgeshire to supply the more than 3,000 specially-bred dogs used in UK laboratories each year.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society has condemned the decision to grant permission for the new farm, calling it a betrayal of the animals, the public and science.