The Breeding Industry – Factory Farms for Dogs

The Breeding Industry – Factory Farms for Dogs – “Breeding dogs purely for scientific research, that is for the purpose of experimentation, as if their lives were irrelevant, is science gone mad. In the end, nothing good can be produced from the crazed ambition that demands this supply of animals or the incomprehensible greed that produces them.” Julie Christie, actress.


By far the most common breed of dog used is the beagle; of the 8,185 experiments performed on dogs in 1999, 7,317 used beagles.

Cross-breeds (853 procedures in 1999) and others such as greyhounds are also used but in smaller numbers.

UK law stipulates that certain species of animals (including dogs) used for experiments should be ‘purpose-bred’ (however a loophole does exist that will allow the use of non-purpose bred animals in some circumstances).

Therefore most dogs which end up in the laboratory, started life in a ‘breeding factory’, as part of the ‘puppy production line’.

In 1999, the BUAV exposed the British arm of one of the world’s biggest breeders of animals for vivisection, Harlan (UK) Ltd.

A BUAV investigator infiltrated the company, employed in the dog breeding unit at Harlan’s site in Belton, Leicestershire, as part of a gruelling 10 month undercover investigation.

Her diary and video evidence reveal the shocking truth behind the heavily guarded security gates of Harlan UK, and for the first time ever blew the lid on the secret world of the breeding industry.

She catalogued numerous breaches of government guidelines, the mass killing of perfectly healthy dogs considered ‘surplus to requirements’, and the miserable daily existence of bored and overcrowded young dogs who often violently attacked each other.

Go to our Making a Killing pages to read our investigator’s harrowing report.

Breeding animals for the vivisection industry is big business.

The parent company of Harlan UK, US based Harlan Sprague Dawley, claims to supply over 200 stocks and strains of animals in nine countries world-wide, including genetically manipulated and surgically altered animals, as well as animal by-products such as blood and organs.

Commercial breeders such as this advertise their animals over the internet and in trade publications where animals such as dogs, cats, pigs, primates and rabbits are simply referred to as ‘research products’ or ‘global toxicology models’ and customers can order any number of animals from a ‘product guide’.

The companies promise ‘fast processing’ of orders and overseas shipments, and their adverts show pictures of happy, healthy looking dogs or cats being cuddled by laboratory technicians.

The truth behind the glossy advertising is of course very different; what the advertisers do not show is the appalling pain and suffering these animals endure once they reach the client.

When challenged about the use of animals in testing, the vivisection industry often defends itself by emphasising the fact that they are ‘purpose-bred’ for vivisection.

The implication is that they are somehow different from ‘ordinary’ animals and should not therefore be seen in the same light as our own pet dog or rabbit.

The truth of course is that animals bred for use in vivisection have the same capacity to suffer both physically and psychologically as any other animal, the only difference being that purpose-bred animals are never intended to live out their life in a loving home. They are simply born to die in a laboratory.…