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Amazing News to Start the Weekend

Written by PETA | March 23, 2007

This is actually really incredible, and it’s been a long time coming. A couple of months ago, I wrote about a lab Iams was using to test its food that was under investigation by the USDA. Well, I just found out that the lab just agreed to a $33,000 civil penalty after federal investigators alleged the company committed nearly 40 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Some of the violations found by USDA inspectors were failing to provide sheep with appropriate pain relief during surgery, inadequate training of employees for animal handling and care, failure to vaccinate dogs and cats used for research, and keeping animals in cages smaller than the legal limits. You can read the full story here.

Of course, this is just one small step forward in our campaign to stop companies from lab-testing pet food. While Iams may have stopped using this lab after our investigation, the company needs to stop lab-testing its food altogether. You can help persuade them to do just that by only feeding your animals cruelty-free pet food, and by clicking here to let Iams know that you won’t buy their food until they stop testing on animals.

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  • kris shulfer says:

    yes it is a step in the right direction but for all the money they make and all the violations they should be shut down!!! and have to pay millions!!! people need to STOP BUYING CHEAP FOOD FOR THEIR ANIMALS and realize how many animals lost their lives for the disgusting food they buy!!! your local cooperative food store will only have animal friendly products it is worth it !!!

  • Kathleen Wissenz says:

    I hope more is done to stop these heartless monsters! I agree it is a step forward but the goal is no more animal testing!!! The way to stop animal testing is for people to stop buying company’s products that test on animals. BOYCOTT! If these companies make no money they will stop testing!!

  • cappuccino says:

    that’s great news these bad people have been teached in the right way! i hope this was a wakeup call for other animal abusers they have to understand once and for all that animals are feeling creatures with a heart and a soul and the human being has no right to use or abuse them!!!

  • Jason says:

    Yes it’s a step in the right direction but I’m appalled by the low fines. $33K for 40 violations equates to $825 per violation. For an organization with a revenue of 55.4 billion USD for FY 2005 it doesn’t even create a financial blip on their radar. Too bad fines aren’t based on a percentage of the reported revenue for an organization. Maybe that would perk their attention. We can all impose our own fines on this organization by not contributing to their revenue. Even if you have to go out of your way consider a food product that is animal friendly.

  • Nancy says:

    I don’t mean to be a wet blanket but I’m not sure this news is all that “amazing”. $33000 sounds like a pretty paltry settlement considering the violations committed and cruelty perpetuated by Sinclair Research. To top it off the settlement includes an agreement by Sinclair to “cease and desist committing further violations of federal law”. Call me cynical but having evaded USDA inspectors at least once that we know of as per the USDA’s citation of a “lack of good faith” for Sinclair’s covert operations trusting Sinclair to “cease and desist” seems dangerously naive. The owner Guy Bouchard is quoted as calling the settlement “a business decision”. Not an attempt to make amends. Not an admission of wrongdoing. Nothing more than a way to get the USDA off their backs. So why would anyone expect Sinclair to correct these infractions if it is more financially expedient to continue to commit them and then pay the fines if caught? Bouchard has all but admitted that this is how the company operates. The fact that they also are dealers of research animals shows just how vile and violent Sinclair Research really is. They WILL continue to violate the rights of animals if not federal law as well. PLEASE PETA DO NOT LET UP ON SINCLAIR RESEARCH.

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