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Company Kills Hamsters, PETA Takes Action

Written by PETA | August 10, 2010
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PETA filed a formal complaint today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling for an immediate investigation into painful, deadly, and, we believe, illegal veterinary vaccine potency tests on hamsters at Colorado Serum Company (CSC) in Denver.

The persistent folks in PETA’s Regulatory Testing Division have repeatedly written and called CSC to make sure its officials are aware that in 2006 the USDA approved a non-animal test in place of an obsolete and lethal method of using hamsters to test the Leptospira vaccine. The Animal Welfare Act states that the use of animals should only be approved when alternatives are not available, but CSC is killing hundreds of hamsters a year, without providing them with any pain relief—more than 1,850 of them in just the past four years.

And catch this: According to CSC’s annual reports, the company “found no new information which would allow for a change in our approach to these issues,” even though a simple Web search would have clued someone in. In fact, CSC has done nothing but copy the same information that it used in 2004 to justify its use of animals into every report through 2009!

We’ll keep on top of this case. If you’re sick of pointless cruelty to animals or want to know more about superior test methods, check this out.

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  • Lilly says:

    This is absolutely horrific that these people would torture hamsters like that!!! I have a dwarf hamster and she has a large, clean, glass cage with good ventilation. If I could, I would never let torture and awful conditions happen to ANY ANIMALS, ANYWHERE.

  • Pat Hartsoe says:

    There is absolutely NO REASON to continue torturing any animal for purposes of “research”. Stop all of it, at all levels. We are all disgusted by and ashamed of your actions!

  • Julia says:

    PLEASE STOP THE ANIMAL ABUSE AND SAVE YOU OWN LIFE. GOD WILL JUDGE EVERYONE AT THE END AND YOU WILL BE TORTURED JUST LIKE YOU DID HIS CREATURES HERE ON EARTH. HE SEE’S EVERYTHING.

  • Stop Using Hamsters for Leptospirosis Vaccine Testing says:

    I was shocked to learn that although the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the use of a nonanimal leptospirosis vaccine potency test in 2006 the Colorado Serum Company CSC continues to use hamsters in these painful vaccine tests. It would appear that your animal welfare review committee simply rubberstamped the hamster test by copying and pasting outdated and incorrect information to justify the continued use of hamsters for this purpose. I understand that my friends at PETA tried to contact you with the updated information but have never received a response. By refusing to take action on this matter you are condemning thousands more animals to extreme suffering and death. Please let me know that your company is taking immediate action on this matter and is replacing the hamster test with the humane nonanimal method so that the CSC can guarantee the safety of its leptospirosis vaccines without testing them on animals.

  • paul popovici says:

    enough is enough we are supposed to take responsibility for these creatures not destroy them. We are supposed to evolve which also means getting smarter. There is an alternative and you still choose not to use it why besides hamsters are not like humans why dont you test it on yourselves cowards.

  • Linda Mau says:

    I am horrified that the State that I am seriously considering retiring in has tortured hamsters when it is unnnecessary. I had hamsters as pets when I was a child so I can imagine what they went through. This is just evil to do this to those gentle little creatures.You continue and I will boycott moving to your State and going there for trips. My unknowing nephew wife and children live there. I am certain they don’t know about the hamsters but I will be sure to tell them.

  • mary Ann LaJoie-Sandroff says:

    CRUELTY TO ALL ANIMALS MUST STOP. THERE ARE NOW ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING. THERE IS NO NEED TO TORTURE ANY ANIMAL . WE HAVE TO STOP NOW. HAVEN’T HUMANS CAUSED ENOUGH INHUMANE TREATMENT TO ALL ANIMALS FOR YEARS WHY MUST WE INFLICT PAIN WHEN IT IS NO NECESSARY. READ UP ON ALTERNATIVES. DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU CAUSE ANYMORE PAIN AND TORTURE.

  • Marlene greenberg says:

    According to CSC’s annual reports the company “found no new information which would allow for a change in our approach to these issues” even though a simple Web search would have clued someone in. In fact CSC has done nothing but copy the same information that it used in 2004 to justify its use of animals into every report through 2009!

  • Samantha Dozier, Ph.D. says:

    Thank you for your interest in this issue. We do work with the USDA to encourage it to revise or update its methods. Please see this synopsis httpblog.peta.orgarchives200910erysipelwhat.php of our work with the USDA on an erysipelas vaccine. We will be working with the USDA directly on this issue as well but it is also the companies’ responsibility to move away from crude animal tests as required by the federal Animal Welfare Act. The Supplemental Assay Methods SAMs are the USDA’s means of updating its currently accepted protocols because the Code of Federal Regulations CFR is not revised regularly. Any USDAaccepted test developed since the last revision of the CFR is labeled a SAM. Manufacturers are expected to keep abreast of USDA supplements as these are updated annually.

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    It would much more effective to petition the USDA to make the in vitro assay the “standard requirement” instead of a “supplemental assay”then it would be required that everyone used the nonanimal method. Way better than just nagging what is likely one of many companies. Question is though the USDA approved this assay as an alternative as far back as 2002if it’s so great why haven’t they made it the standard yet? If anyone needs their balls busted it’s them.

  • Justin Van Kleeck says:

    Good for you PETA!

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