Written by Michelle Kretzer
first time that PETA staffer David Perle saw Dizzy, the hamster was nestled in
the arms of a young girl who had rescued him from an apartment complex parking
lot and was searching for his owner. A group of boys had tried to tell her that
he was theirs, but she suspected their motives were less than pure and refused
to hand Dizzy over. (A PETA
staffer in the making, perhaps?) When she happened upon David, he agreed to take the
little hamster in if no one claimed him.
that very night, David's two cats, Ella (after Fitzgerald) and Billie (after
Holiday), welcomed their new roommate. When a friend sent David a picture of
Dizzy Gillespie with his cheeks puffed out as he played the trumpet juxtaposed next
to a picture of a hamster whose cheek pockets were
stuffed with goodies, the resemblance was uncanny, and the hamster was named,
completing the jazzy family. It's a wonder that Dizzy didn't get dizzy rolling around the apartment inside
his plastic hamster ball.
never know how Dizzy's life started—it's possible that
someone purchased him from a pet
store and then dumped him outdoors
when he was no longer wanted. But we know that he was happy and loved after he was
lucky enough to be rescued by a wise little girl and adopted by a caring
you have a great animal-rescue story? Share it in the comments.
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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
Written by Lindsay
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