Written by PETA
In a landmark move, a North Carolina grand jury has returned indictments for 14 counts of felony cruelty-to-animals against four individuals, including a supervisor, who worked at Professional Laboratory Research Services (PLRS), which was investigated by PETA last fall. This marks the first time in U.S. history that laboratory workers have faced felony cruelty charges for their abuse of animals in a laboratory and only the second time that experimenters have faced criminal prosecution for cruelty (the first stemmed from PETA's first undercover investigation, the groundbreaking 1981 Silver Spring monkeys case).
Mary Ramsey—who had been employed as a PLRS supervisor—and Jessica Detty were each indicted on five counts, while Christine Clement and Tracy Small were each indicted on two counts. The accused are among those caught on video kicking, throwing, and dragging dogs; hoisting rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slamming cats into cages; and screaming obscenities at terrified animals. One of those named is the worker seen on video trying to rip out a cat's claws by violently pulling the animal from the fence onto which he or she clung in fear.
The state charges follow extensive citations, by federal officials for serious violations of animal welfare laws, the lab's closure, and the surrender of nearly 200 dogs and more than 50 cats just a week after we released our findings. We'll keep you updated on the criminal case as it progresses.
Written by Alisa Mullins
PETA is heaven sent to the animals of cruelty. This video sicken me, my heart aches and I know GOD does not approve of the way his precious animals are being treated, they should not be held down to be sucked of blood, or kicked or left in urine to have sores or to be sprayed with bleach and become scared and blind, I think the people involved should be treated the same as they have to those animals, they are sick individuals to be able to do this to animals if they can do this to animals they can do it to humans. think that over.. they are sick.. never to walk out of prison doors. they are a danger to society. Oh, my this sickens me. If you care stand up for this unrulely treatment. We need to speak on the animals behalf to stop the abuse... This is the USA is it not?? What are these people doing? They should have been stopped at the first sign of abuse and shut down and never near another animal again.. I am furious that our govt hasn't stopped this.. I would love to stare those jerks in the eyes spit in their eyes for God.
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