Animal rights campaigners held a “funeral procession” to protest against the use of beagles in science labs across the UK.

Members of the Save the Harlan Beagle group marched through Brighton on Saturday, March 9.

The protest was part of a national tour calling for the closure of Harlan’s Cambridgeshire breeding centre Interfauna.

Campaigner Zoë Cunningham, said: “The movement to close the breeding facility and stop beagles and other animals being used for testing is so important to me because it could have been my dog.

“There are more effective, safer methods of testing than using animals. They don’t deserve this.”

The group also took the opportunity to march past the Liberal Democrat Party Conference as part of its call for an immediate government inquiry into animal testing.

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