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Your Tax Dollars Going to Ferret Abusers

Written by PETA | November 15, 2011

Why 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

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  • Phyllis Elledge says:

    If experiments like those done on the ferrets were done on humans would anything be done to stop it?? The treatment of these ferrets is inhumane and disgusting. Triple F must be stopped from torturing these animals who cannot speak for themselves!! Hopefully our unity will stop this barbaric practice.

  • J Scheer says:

    How does the CDC get any kind of integral results from test animals that are already compromised. Have the test standards fallen, because apparently the high standards certainly have. Triple-F farms substandard treatment, and care of their laboratory stock is shameful to say the least, and I for one as a taxpayer, do not want any of my money funding their operation.

  • Tara C Radford says:

    This is insane and heartbreaking ! How many more lives will be sacrified in this manner!!!!! Crazy !!!

  • Sandra Russell says:

    I don’t understand how the CDC could run experiments on animals that are already compromised,and not realize that as such,the ferrets would render compromised results.Even Marshall Farm’s treats their ferrets better…and that’s not saying much!

  • Jen says:

    🙁 That was heartbreaking.

  • Carla* says:

    Wow, This is insane!! Please stop the MADNESS!! Thank-you Peta once again for sticking up for the voiceless… go get ’em!!

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  • Elena Perez de Gracia says:

    Please, please stop using animals they must Havre their own life in freedom