Written by Jeff Mackey
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.
Here's some exciting news from PETA's home region of Hampton Roads, Virginia: Following more than two years of urging from PETA, the Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth (NMCP) has completely replaced its cruel and crude use of ferrets
for teaching lifesaving intubation skills to physicians and others with more modern and effective simulators.
Joining PETA in calling for an end to this cruel ferret laboratory
were several military and civilian medical experts with firsthand knowledge
about the superiority of simulators, including a pediatrician who is a former
commander of NMCP. Previously, ferrets had hard plastic tubes forced down their
delicate windpipes as often as 10 times per session—a procedure that can cause
bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death.
NMCP joins the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Tripler Army Medical
Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences—as well as more than 90 percent of pediatric residency
programs nationwide—that have already ended the use of cats and ferrets for
intubation training in favor of superior human simulators.
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Please help persuade St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University in
St. Louis to replace painful intubation training exercises on cats and ferrets with
humane and superior non-animal methods.
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would the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order up animals for
experiments from a company that has repeatedly violated federal animal welfare laws?
I'm not sure.
The CDC has had contracts with the now notorious Pennsylvania
ferret-breeding factory farm Triple
F Farms, Inc., totaling more than $1.5 million since 2006. But PETA's recent undercover
investigation at Triple F found that its owners, supervisors, and
employees left ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, herniated
organs, painful mammary gland infections, and ruptured, bleeding eyes to suffer
and die without veterinary care. Workers threw live animals into an incinerator,
and employees with no veterinary training cut organs and anal sacs from ferrets
who were not given adequate pain relief. Our evidence prompted the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inspect Triple F repeatedly, and federal
officials corroborated our
findings and have opened an investigation, citing Triple F for a dozen
violations of federal laws.
PETA immediately sent CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden the results of our investigation and the USDA's first damning inspection report. But the CDC, which abuses ferrets for respiratory experiments, signed another contract with Triple F, worth $16,750, just weeks later. PETA has filed an urgent complaint with the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services because the CDC's latest contract may violate a federal law requiring the government to award business contracts only to reputable and ethical companies. Click here to ask the CDC to determine whether Triple F should be made ineligible from receiving taxpayers' money because of its horrendous record of abuse and noncompliance. Written by Michelle Sherrow
exotic animals such as hedgehogs, macaws, and lizards will spend their lives
locked in cages as "pets," and it all started with a kind woman who
wouldn't give up until she got help for a sick, dying ferret in an Arkansas pet
store. The woman repeatedly asked the store manager to let her take the ferret
home for rehabilitation, but the manager refused. Finally, she called PETA for
help. We pushed animal control to check on the ferret, and the store's owner
quickly surrendered the ill animal.
caseworker explained to the store's owner that animals suffer in mass-breeding
facilities and animal dealers' warehouses before they end up in pet stores. The
owner agreed to watch PETA's undercover video footage from the now-defunct exotic-animal
warehouse U.S. Global
and the massive ferret factory Triple F Farms, Inc.
He was so moved by the plight of wild-born exotic animals—who
are often abducted from their families and stuffed into luggage to be smuggled
into the U.S.—that he agreed never to buy or sell these animals again.
victory is an encouragement to us all always to report cruelty
and never to miss an opportunity to educate others about how animals suffer in
the pet trade
and other cruel industries. You never know whose mind you might change!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Update: After meeting with PETA and
reviewing our evidence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected
Triple F Farms and confirmed our findings of multiple Animal Welfare Act
violations. The USDA's inspection report details, among other atrocities, that
newborn ferrets fell through gaping wire cage bottoms and that ferrets were
denied adequate food, water, and veterinary care and subjected to major
surgeries performed by improperly trained lay employees in unsanitary
conditions. Triple F is now under federal investigation. Read the full report to learn about the
rest of the USDA's findings.
Original Blog posted September 2nd, 2011:
Personnel with the USDA have inspected
Triple F Farms, Inc., a massive ferret-breeding factory farm near Sayre,
Pennsylvania, based on evidence that PETA recently presented to the agency following
a nearly four-month-long undercover
investigation that blew the lid off sickening abuse and neglect of thousands
of ferrets there. Bradford County
District Attorney Dan Barrett’s office reviewed a complaint filed by PETA and has
now begun an investigation of Triple F.
PETA found that Triple F's owners, supervisors, and workers
left ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, herniated organs,
painful mammary gland infections, and ruptured, bleeding eyes to suffer and die
without veterinary care. Triple F forbade workers, including PETA's
investigator, to rescue thousands of newborn and young ferrets—who had fallen
through wire cage bottoms 3 feet to the concrete floor below—from accumulated
piles and puddles of waste, where the animals were left to perish.
Day after day, at least 6,000 ferrets were confined to
filthy, severely crowded cages in stifling-hot barns, with hundreds denied food
and water. PETA's investigator witnessed workers who stepped
on ferrets, buried them in feces, and threw them into an incinerator
alive. Triple F employees cut organs and anal
sacs out of inadequately anesthetized ferrets, who cried out in pain.
The animals who make it out of this hellhole alive face even
more misery because Triple F sells ferrets to laboratories around the world for
experimentation as well as to pet shops, including Petland.
Triple F has had recent contracts worth nearly $2 million with federal agencies,
including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National
Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Navy.
PETA is calling for appropriate criminal charges. We've also filed complaints
with five other federal and state agencies, including one regarding Triple F's routine
exposure of live ferrets to ferret carcasses.
Please help these ferrets by asking CDC director Thomas Frieden to investigate
Triple F and determine
whether the agency wishes to continue to funnel millions of taxpayer dollars into
abusive animal mills like Triple F. Check back for more updates as this
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damning reports from someone working inside the University of Texas Medical
Branch (UTMB), PETA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
earlier this year. The USDA found, among other abuses, that sheep who had undergone
invasive experimental surgeries (including one sheep who could not stand up
afterward) apparently received no pain relief at all, that a goat
died in surgery without proper monitoring during anesthesia, and that
experimenters using ferrets in an infectious-disease study neglected to consult
with veterinary experts.
The USDA noted that experimenters failed to provide basic post-operative pain
relief to animals who had been subjected to invasive surgeries—including
allegedly leaving a dog who had tubes implanted during surgery to die without
any treatment. The agency
has cited UTMB for violating the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. UTMB
has "ongoing" problems with oversight, says the agency.
Please e-mail UTMB President David L. Callender
and ask him to immediately discipline experimenters for their cruelty to animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Lackland Air Force Base in Texas is one of a tiny minority of facilities in the U.S. that still torments animals in outdated, cruel, and ineffective intubation training exercises for nurses and pediatric residents. Even though superior and sophisticated simulators that replicate human anatomy and physiology and that better prepare trainees to intubate children are widely used across the country, Lackland insists on abusing live ferrets instead. Trainees force hard plastic tubes down the ferrets' delicate windpipes as many as six times each session in a procedure that can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death.
PETA, along with several military medical experts, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Army Medical Command and the Air Force surgeon general on the grounds that Lackland's animal intubation laboratory likely violates Joint Services Army Regulation 40-33, which requires that non-animal methods be used for training whenever they are available. More than 90 percent of U.S. pediatric residency programs like Lackland's—including those at other military facilities—use only modern infant simulators for intubation training.
Lackland's training methods show a lack of compassion for animals and provide doctors and nurses with inferior training. You can send a polite e-mail to Lackland's Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick and ask him to end the use of animals for intubation training —for everyone's benefit.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Paris has done it again. She's gotten herself another animal. This time she's purchased a pot-bellied pig who will surely be tossed aside faster than last year's "it" bag when the skeevy socialite tires of her.
Pot bellied pigs are inquisitive animals who require a lot of care and attention. Paris has burned through Chihuahuas, ferrets, and kinkajous in the past, so there's no reason to think that an animal who will undoubtedly root through her precious Manolos will grow old by her side as her BFF.
Pot-bellied pigs were all the rage in the 80s, a decade that had some truly unfortunate trends, but Paris seems bent on resurrecting them all. It's one thing for her to rake up fashion violations like this, but it's quite another to make animals suffer. If we could have the ex-con arrested for being so uncaring, we would.
Written by Karin Bennett
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