Written by Jeff Mackey
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered the
University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to pay more than $12,000 in fines for its cruel, incompetent—and sometimes fatal—treatment of animals, citing the
institution for 10 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) in its
laboratories between 2008 and 2010. Two of the citations in the penalty were the
result of a 2008 complaint
filed by PETA.
After PETA submitted information about archaic and deadly medical training exercises in which rabbits at UCHC had needles repeatedly
stabbed into their chests, the USDA found that the facility didn't properly
seek non-invasive alternatives nor did it adequately document how the animals were used. The other violations
for which UCHC was cited and fined include rabbit deaths caused by improper
anesthesia and poorly trained employees.
UCHC was previously fined $5,500 by the USDA in 2007 for AWA
violations, including injecting unapproved substances into a monkey's brain and
an incident in which a monkey was dragged so roughly by a metal collar that his
eyes bled. That penalty resulted from complaints filed by PETA Associate Director Justin Goodman, who was then a UConn grad
student leading a successful campaign to end experiments on primates at the
school. Not only were the experiments permanently shut down, but following a PETA
complaint, the laboratory was also ordered to return $65,000 in federal funding.
And that's not all: In 2001, UConn's main campus paid
$129,000 in USDA fines for 99 violations of animal welfare laws. You'd hope the
university would have learned its lesson by now, but as long as animals are suffering in school laboratories, PETA will be working to stop the violence.
Rabbits are frequent victims of animal experimenters because they are mild-tempered and easy to handle, confine, and breed—more than 241,000 of them are abused in U.S. laboratories every year.
Last year, the University of Connecticut's Health Center and
main campus received more than $63.5 million from the National Institutes of
Health, of which more than 40 percent will be spent on animal experimentation. Please
ask the federal government to stop funding cruel and antiquated animal experiments and to put your tax dollars
toward modern, humane, and superior research methods.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
military contractor that was responsible for hacking apart inadequately anesthetized goats in a crude military
trauma training exercise exposed by PETA wants to conduct 24 more training
courses—but it won't get the chance if Congress can help it.
1 Group, LLC, was made infamous when PETA released a video exposé of a U.S. Coast Guard trauma training course in which Tier 1
Group instructors cut off goats' legs with tree trimmers, cut into the animals'
abdomens to pull out their organs, and stabbed the animals with scalpels as the
goats moaned and kicked. PETA filed a complaint, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
cited Tier 1 Group for violating the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It was Tier 1 Group's second AWA violation in as many
years. A U.S. Coast Guard investigation of Tier 1 Group following a PETA
complaint is still ongoing.
when this law-breaking company was awarded yet another military contract worth nearly $1.8 million of taxpayer money,
members of Congress were aghast. A group of 11 representatives contacted Gene
Dodaro, comptroller general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and
called for an investigation into why Tier 1 Group received the new contract.
They cited regulations that clearly require federal contractors to abide by the
law, including the AWA. The representatives assert that Tier 1 Group's history
of repeatedly breaking the law may be sufficient cause to revoke the new
military contract and to prevent the company from ever receiving any more
congressional representatives' actions speak loud and clear: The government
should not pay anyone to torment
animals illegally. And it doesn't have to. Superior humanlike simulators are already in use in military training courses in the U.S. and around the
world. The simulators are so realistic that they can cry, talk, respond to
medications, bleed, breathe, and even "die," so it's easy to see how
such a training tool would better prepare soldiers for what they may encounter
on the battlefield than would crudely hacking apart an animal.
bill, the Battlefield Excellence Through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act (H.R. 1417/S. 3418), currently
pending before Congress, would responsibly phase out the U.S. military's use of
animals in trauma training entirely and require the use of modern simulation
technology. Please send a polite e-mail to your congressional representatives
and ask them to cosponsor this lifesaving legislation today.
Following PETA's undercover investigation into Triple
F Farms, a massive ferret-breeding operation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
has fined the company nearly $17,000 for
violating at least eight regulations under the Animal Welfare Act.
The violations were discovered during
USDA inspections conducted in response to PETA's submission of video footage
and other evidence.
Documents recently obtained from
the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division show that Triple F President
Jack Fallenstein also agreed to pay 28 employees more than $28,000 in back
wages to settle 38 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act following a
federal investigation prompted by PETA's complaint to the agency.
PETA's investigation into the ferret
mill lasted nearly four months and documented systematic and often fatal
neglect and abuse of ferrets. We found that Triple F owners, supervisors, and
workers left newborn ferrets for dead when they fell through wire cage bottoms 3
feet onto the filthy concrete floor, housed ferrets in severely crowded
conditions, and deprived ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds,
herniated organs, and other painful conditions of veterinary care or
euthanasia. PETA's investigator also saw
ferrets thrown into the trash—and into the facility's incinerator—while still
Triple F sells ferrets to pet stores
and laboratories around the world. Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) has had contracts worth more than $1.5 million with the
company. The CDC signed even more contracts with this filthy factory farm after
PETA shared its evidence and the USDA's findings with CDC brass. PETA has
called on the agency to rescind Triple F's contracts and disqualify it from
future contracts. The National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug
Administration, and the Navy have also had contracts with Triple F worth nearly
the director of the CDC's Procurement and Grants Office to stop the agency from
funneling taxpayer dollars to Triple F.
In response to a series of significant animal welfare
violations and complaints filed by PETA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) has taken the rare step of fining the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) almost $12,000 for repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare
Act. ONPRC imprisons, sickens, terrorizes, and mutilates thousands of monkeys
each year in experiments with impunity, so it's good to know that the facility
will be punished for causing animals to suffer more by failing to uphold even
The violations, which took place in 2009, included the escape of nine monkeys from the facility as well as the deaths of five other monkeys from a variety of
causes, including from dehydration, being injected with unapproved compounds, and improper procedures performed by an inadequately trained employee.
Following the escape, PETA called on the USDA to investigate and issue a fine
In 2007, PETA conducted a shocking undercover investigation, which exposed horrific laboratory conditions at ONPRC. The next year, the USDA
issued an "official
warning"—the precursor to a fine—to ONPRC. Internal documents obtained by PETA had revealed
that a sick pregnant monkey died after being denied veterinary care, that a
surgical sponge was left in a baboon—causing an abscess—and was discovered only
after he was killed for an experiment, and that experimenters mistakenly
performed surgery on the wrong monkey. After repeatedly finding negligence and
callous disregard, federal investigators are finally speaking the only language
that ONPRC understands: dollars and cents.
Take a stand for the animals imprisoned at ONPRC. Ask the National Institutes of
Health to stop funding cruel and useless nicotine experiments on animals at ONPRC and
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