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BREEDING TORTURE: Exposing the Businesses That Sell Animals to Labs

The video footage shows the suffering of animals destined for experimentation, and the decrepit facilities that breed, warehouse, and sell these sentient beings for profit.

PETA: An undercover investigation has obtained video footage and photographs taken by federal inspectors that for the first time show the unsanitary, often putrid and abhorrent conditions of these decrepit facilities that breed, warehouse, and sell sentient beings for profit. The footage — along with federal inspection reports — shows definitively that suffering for animals destined for experimentation begins well before they arrive at the laboratories…

Moulton Chinchilla, Oak Hill, Ruby Fur, Oakwood, and numerous others around the country form a vast, largely unknown network of businesses that breed and supply dogs, chinchillas, foxes, ferrets, pigs, rabbits, and other animals for experimentation laboratories. They peddle in misery. Suffering is their currency…

Maggots crawl through food. Green algae grows in water bowls. Feces piles up. Wounds fester. To these businesses, the animals are not sentient beings who feel and fear just as you and I do. They’re widgets, items produced at minimal cost and sold for maximum profit. Pain, suffering, and distress do not figure into the bottom line. They simply do not matter…

Moulton is a hellhole so wretched that in November 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took the rare step of filing a formal complaint against the company for its serious and chronic violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Federal inspectors found chinchillas with open, untreated wounds as well as collars that were embedded into their necks. When they were removed, inspectors said that “the skin was eroded, there was matted hair and open lesions” and “a putrid odor was noticeable”… Moulton continues operating, unabated…

Oak Hill Genetics, which breeds pigs for laboratory experiments. Inspectors found lame pigs, untreated and wallowing in mountains of excrement, which were commonplace at the facility… USDA inspectors found an “excessive amount of feces” under the dog enclosures at Oak Hill and “fecal material … smeared on the flooring of the enclosures”… Sick and injured pigs suffered without veterinary care…

Ruby Fur Farm, which breeds and sells skunks, raccoons, and ferrets to laboratories or the pet trade… Federal inspectors documented an accumulation of standing water mixed with animal waste and insects under a full third of the raccoon cages. They also found green algae and insects in the drinking water for foxes and raccoons. Dilapidated cages had broken wires. During multiple inspections over the summer months, federal inspectors documented that raccoons were “in serious heat distress”…On some days, the heat index soared as high as 122 degrees…

Oakwood Research Facility keeps about 4,000 white, domestic rabbits in rusted, ramshackle cages, coated with feces and urine… Oakwood Research Facility keeps about 4,000 white, domestic rabbits in rusted, ramshackle cages, coated with feces and urine… An inspector saw several rabbits with inflamed and reddened skin, and some had fight wounds. During one inspection, a 2-month-old non=responsive rabbit had their nose pressed against the cage. The rabbit was cold, and their hind legs were covered with diarrhea. The rabbit was killed. During that same inspection, at least 25 rabbits were hungry and unfed…

Dogs, primarily beagles, are also bred at the same types of facilities, enduring the same cruel treatment. Ridglan Farms in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin; Whale Branch Animal Services, Inc., in Seabrook, South Carolina; Envigo in Cumberland, Virginia; and Marshall BioResources in North Rose, New York, all breed beagles to sell to laboratories. (Marshall also acquired dog- and cat-breeding facility Liberty Research in Waverly, New York)… Please add your voice by calling on the USDA to revoke the licenses of these and other facilities that have long histories of failing to comply with the minimum provisions of the AWA. SOURCE…

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