Transportation

MBR’s Global Puppy Courier Exposed after 20 years

www.impex-uk.com

IMPEX Services International Ltd

5 Cosy Nook
Thrapston
Kettering NN14 4PS
Northamptonshire

The unmarked vans driving the beagles dogs from MBR Acres to experimentation labs belong to IMPEX Services International Ltd, a worldwide laboratory animals courier based in Thrapston.

Undercover footage published by Free the MBR Beagles reveals that the vans transporting beagle puppies from MBR Acres belong to an international courier company called Impex and their fleet of vans is based at in an industrial unit in Thrapston, near Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Impex is Europe largest specialist courier and market leader in the transportation of laboratory animals, including endangered species. For 20 years they have been transporting laboratory animals for the research and pharmaceutical industries.

Within the UK they transport primates, dogs, guinea pigs and other small mammals for academic research studies at Universities, such as testing facilities at Cambridge University, and for experimentation at private testing laboratories, such as Labcrop in Huntingdon and Harrogate.

But Impex-UK also import and export animal laboratories across the world. They use aircraft operators and UK airports to transport multiple species of laboratory animals. They are instrumental in connecting animal lab breeders and vivisection laboratories globally.

Appears Impex holds almost full monopoly on the transportation of laboratory animals in this country. Considering that in 2020 there were 1.44 million experimental procedures carried out on live animals, of which 4,340 procedures were on dogs, and 2,393 on primates, Impex’s vans are responsible for the distribution of thousands of animals to the vivisection industry across the UK each year.


Beagle Transport Legislation and Regulation

When the beagles are inside MBR’s breeding farm, Labcorp’s laboratory complex, or inside any other licenced establishment, their welfare is only protected by the Animals (Scientific) Procedures Act 1986 (ASPA). However, whilst being loaded into the vans, transported by road or air, and offloaded at their destinations, their welfare is instead governed by UK animal transportation laws.  ASPA only provides a small advisory section on transportation in its Code.

These are the two main legislations regulating to beagle transportation, as well as the ASPA code containing an advisory section:

  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005: on the protection of animals during transport and related operations

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/eur/2005/1/contents (Full legislation)

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02005R0001-20191214&from=en (PDF version)

Simplified overview: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/915863/council-reg1-2005.pdf

This Regulation sets forth provisions governing the transport of live vertebrate animals within the Community and also regulates specific official checks to be carried out on consignments entering or leaving the customs territory of the European Community. It establishes transport conditions to be fulfilled in order to ensure the welfare of animals and avoid any undue suffering to them. The Regulation lays down detailed rules concerning documentation, authorizations for transporters and certificates.

  • The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/3260/contents/made (Full legislation)

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/3260/pdfs/uksi_20063260_en.pdf (PDF version)

This Order prescribes rules for the protection of animals during transportation by various means. It makes provision in England for the administration and enforcement of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport The Regulations designate the competent authority for purposes of Community legislation, provide for inspection and define offences.

  • Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals Bred, Supplied or Used for Scientific Purposes

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-housing-and-care-of-animals-bred-supplied-or-used-for-scientific-purposes

The code of practice sets out the standards of care and accommodation of animals required by the Animals (Scientific) Procedures Act 1986, including a small section on transportation, and provides advice about the way in which those responsible under ASPA may comply with those requirements.

Enforcement and Regulatory Agencies

  • The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

APHA are responsible for implementing rules governing the welfare of animals during transport regulations.

APHA carries out enforcement checks at markets, ports, roadside and at supervised loadings of export consignments. They enforce compliance with journey times through checks of journey documentation.

APHA issues and process the documentation required for the transportation of animals: authorisation and certificate

Animal transport: GB telephone 03000 200 301

or email WIT@apha.gov.uk

Animal welfare: England: telephone 03000 200 301

or email customeradvice@apha.gov.uk

  • Cambridgeshire County Council: Trading standards: Agriculture, animal health and welfare

Welfare during transport is enforced by local councils. Trading standards officials carry out welfare checks on animals and means of transport. They take enforcement action up to and including prosecution.

  • Cambridgeshire County Council: Trading standards: Agriculture, animal health and welfare

Welfare during transport is enforced by local councils. Trading standards officials carry out welfare checks on animals and means of transport. They take enforcement action up to and including prosecution.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/report-an-issue-to-trading-standards