Written by Michelle Kretzer
Veterinarian Gene F. Giggleman has been formally
reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical
Examiners based on allegations of unprofessional and/or dishonorable conduct following
PETA's investigation at U.S.
Global Exotics (USGE), a massive exotic-animal
dealer where Giggleman was the attending veterinarian.
In this previously unreleased video footage,
Giggleman smashes squirrels' heads into a cinderblock and recommends that workers
cut sick snakes' heads off or "freeze 'em solid" in order to kill
The board found that Giggleman lost his
controlled-substances log and falsely signed legally required documents attesting
to the health of animals he had never examined so that they could be shipped
overseas for the exotic-pet trade.
Despite the board's findings, he is
still licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Texas and has retained his
job as a professor at Parker University in Dallas.
PETA's undercover investigation of USGE provided evidence of the abuse of more
than 27,000 animals and resulted in the seizure of the animals and the closure of the business. Facing federal charges in connection with violating
a wildlife protection order called the "Lacey Act," including
smuggling, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting, former USGE owner Jasen Shaw and his wife, Vanessa, fled the country and are believed to be hiding in New
Zealand. Interpol has issued a notice about Shaw and his arrest warrants.
Giggleman is still under investigation
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his actions at USGE. Help ensure that
Giggleman is held accountable for all that he did at USGE by urging Sarah R.
Saldaña, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas, to
charge Giggleman with felony and/or misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act.
Contact Saldaña through her office's
public information officer, Kathy Colvin.
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