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Victory! Global Captive Breeders Abusers Convicted

Written by PETA | May 22, 2014

Update: Mitch Behm, the owner of Global Captive Breeders, LLC (GCB), and David Delgado, the facility’s former manager, pleaded guilty to and were convicted of cruelty to animals in Riverside County Superior Court of California.

Behm pleaded guilty to a dozen counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and was sentenced to five years of formal probation. He also must pay more than $190,000 in restitution to PETA and the City of Lake Elsinore for costs associated with the investigation and the rescue of more than 16,000 suffering animals from the facility. Behm is prohibited from entering into any business venture involving animals and from acquiring any animals.

Delgado pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts of cruelty to animals and was sentenced to 180 days in the sheriff’s custody and five years of formal probation. Delgado must also complete 250 hours of community service in a program that does not involve animals and is prohibited from acquiring animals.

While nothing can undo the horrific suffering that thousands of rats and reptiles endured at GCB, the provisions of Behm’s and Delgado’s sentencing will help ensure that no future victims will suffer at their hands.

Originally posted July 22, 2013:

Riverside County, California, authorities have arrested Mitch Behm and David Delgado, the owner and former manager, respectively, of Global Captive Breeders, LLC (GCB), a rodent and reptile breeder and dealer. A two-month PETA undercover investigation of GCB led to the largest animal rescue in California history. Both men have been charged with 106 counts of felony cruelty to animals, each of which is punishable by up to $20,000 in fines and up to 36 months behind bars. Delgado also faces 11 more felony charges of torturing or killing rodents.

In December, acting on evidence gathered by PETA, officials discovered nearly 16,000 rats and mice and 600 reptiles languishing in waste-filled cages at GCB, many of them starving, injured, gravely ill, and/or with no access to water. The ensuing operation was the largest rescue of neglected rats in U.S. history.

PETA’s investigation uncovered routine, severe neglect, including scores of rats who drowned because of a faulty watering system; rats who died of dehydration; mother rats who were confined to bins so cramped that they could not even sit upright, groom themselves, or properly nurse their young; reptiles who slowly wasted away over the course of weeks as a result of systemic deprivation; and more. PETA’s investigator also recorded employees who killed rats by freezing them alive, shooting them with a BB gun, and slamming them against walls, shelves, and other hard surfaces.

In March, actor Jenna Dewan Tatum joined the more than 35,000 people who signed PETA’s petition calling for charges to be filed. Tatum sent a letter urging the Riverside County district attorney to seek justice for the animals.

This is not PETA’s first encounter with Behm. In the mid-1980s, when he was a college student, Behm videotaped himself throwing mice, rats, and rabbits into a tub with ferrets, who attacked and killed them. He admitted to conducting these unapproved “experiments” in part for his own “enjoyment,” but the statute of limitations had expired by the time law-enforcement authorities discovered that video footage.

Please show this to anyone who is even tempted to buy a pet rat, a snake or any small or “exotic” animal to keep at home.  We must not subsidize this wretchedly cruel trade. Ever.

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  • Cibi says:

    Thank you, PETA, for all that you do in the ongoing battle to protect innocent, voiceless, sentient beings. You have my respect.

  • lawrence says:

    Probation? These maggots should have gotten so much worse! This is an insult. I am glad this human trash was exposed. All those poor creatures that died at their hands, very sad.

  • Ziva Eliezer says:

    Thank you PETA for all that you’ve done re the abuse of these sentient animals.

  • nancy says:

    The problem is that they never serve jail term, they say CAN face jail term.But it never happens.Thats why they always walk away, and thats what I get angry about.When are we going to start seeing companys and people do JAIL TIME FOR THERE CRIME.

  • dawn says:

    STOP THIS ON THEM.

  • Lana says:

    It is unimaginable that anyone can treat a living creature in these awful ways. These videos and people that partake in this type of cruelty make me sick to my stomach. How can anyone do this, especially day in and day out!!?? THANK YOU PETA for standing up for these animals that don’t have the voices or ability to stand up for themselves!

  • patriciaOhldag says:

    Thank you for all that you are doing. I am so pleased that these people have been convicted

  • Hazel says:

    Thank God there are organisations like PETA.

  • Mariah says:

    Thanks to everyone who have the hearts to save these innocent lives

  • PAT DUPREE says:

    Hail Mary , full of grace , the Lord is with thee ; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb , Jesus . Holy Mary Mother of God , pray for us sinners , now and at the hour of our death . Amen .

    Mother of God, I am calling on you to hear the prayers of those who wish to end suffering and to hear the silent desperation of the animals . Please please intercede for us to a just Maker , your Son , and continue the work of all agencies in hastening the closure of all abusive situations . Help people to recognize that how they treat animals is a measure of their own humanity .

  • Martha Kocher says:

    Actually, Lorna, I never call individuals like this human. To me they are BLACKHEARTED, SOULLESS CREATURES.

  • Denise says:

    Thank you so much!! My heart still bleeds for these poor little defenceless animals :(

  • louise gauvin says:

    HUMAN BEINGS ARE DISGUSTING, AMUSING THEMSELVES BY TORTURING POOR LITTLE ANIMALS, WHETHER THEY BE RATS OR TIGERS OR ANY ANIMAL, HUMANS MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH!

  • Adrienne mosaad says:

    Thank you Peta for all that you do for these beautiful creatures.

  • Lorna van der Lijn says:

    It’s great that these cruel creatures – I refrain from using humans – they are anything but are going to be punished. Well done

  • SamKino says:

    Crying of happiness that these animals no longer have to suffer in the hands of these humans. Such a relief, but so many out there. One at a time…

  • Eileen Wild says:

    Fantastic victory PETA, thank you.

  • tamara says:

    this is a repeat offender,his punishment should have been more stronger. it has been said over and over any person that is cruel (torture) to animals wind up hurting and killing humans. punishment needs to be longer jail time and should happen to EVERY SINGLE person that is convicted of animal abuse!! then they need to be on an Animal Abuse Register in the whole United States and NEVER be allowed to own ANY kind of animal. these people have no conscience and not a kind bone in their body. it makes me sick that not enough punishment is done to these abusers!!!!!

  • Jack Dillon says:

    Thanks to everyone involved with getting these abusers…

  • Diane Pease says:

    I don’t know how people can be so horribly cruel to innocent animals. They must be sick! Any place or organization that abuses animals in any way should be shut down. No questions asked. It just needs to be done.

  • Nancy says:

    Thank you, PETA. Your actions make such a difference in this cruel world. Without you, there would be no hope for these precious animals.

  • John Levine says:

    Thankfully ,these evil individuals have been exposed. This is the TIP of the iceburg i’m sure. There will be many more needs for investigation and prosecution of these other MONSTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cameron2761 says:

    So sorry that so many had to die in such pain. Great exposure video; give these people a lot of jail time just for being idiots!

  • Lea anne says:

    Good job! How about the Zoo in Copenhagen?

  • Shannan Eid says:

    There has to be something missing in people who cause suffering in any way to any living being. Keep up your great work, PETA.

  • Ashie says:

    Congratulations to Peta – great job!!
    I am so happy to see that they are convicted and penalized…
    Love you Peta!!!

  • Jamie says:

    Tears running down my face. Thank you PETA, keep it up <3

  • Madison says:

    YAYAY!

  • Jeaneen says:

    Thank you! Peta!

  • Sandra Baird says:

    Great job PETA!!

  • Dando says:

    God bless peta for trying to help these poor creatures. Why animal cruelty is a misdemeanor is beyond me. It should be a felony with mandatory prison time.

  • vishakha mishra says:

    Thank you PETA

  • jasmin says:

    Thank God PETA is brave enough to expose these perpetrators of the Animal Holocaust. Poor creatures, so much suffering.

  • Laura says:

    So glad these people who charged for their inhumane actions. i wish some jail time was given as well. These type of people need to know this behavior will not be tolerated ever and if the do it then they will pay dearly for it. Thank you for your hard work and given these animals another chance at life. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Adilia Anduray says:

    This was a horrific case of cruelty. I hope he is jailed and punished for all of the pain he has caused to all of these helpless creatures. I couldn’t bear to watch the entire video. It was hurting my soul to see so much cruelty and pain.

    Thank you for all that you all do to help stop and bring our relations to justice.

  • ravinder singh says:

    horrific. Give them a punishment. They should not be forgiven make them realize how they have tortured these animals.

  • Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Thank you once again PETA for shutting this disgusting place down! You are the best! I will always support and donate to your cause.

  • Humans making hell to the lives of these innocent animals. How sad!

  • Donna Johnson says:

    Just Thank You, and never stop doing what you do so well. I discovered your organization in the 80′s and have been with you and for you ever since. God speed.

  • Christine Brooks says:

    Thank you again, PETA for doing what should be done.

  • Teri Love says:

    THANK YOU PETA! Please continue with petitions for all to sign mandating legislation to protect animals. STIFF JAIL TERMS and FINES must be made so people have consequences for these acts of TORTURE! Otherwise, it will continue as we see every single days while poor innocent animals are TORTURED. THANK YOU PETA and for all who do their part in helping protect these animals who count on us to be their voice.

  • cara says:

    PETA, you guys are wonderful! What an amazing job you do to help animals.

  • Lorena says:

    Es una verguenza lo que hacemos con los animales en nombre de cualquier cosa, ya que son inocentes, desprotegidos, no pueden defenderse. Es una triste realidad. Ayudemos a los animales.

  • Jane Rita says:

    “THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED.” – Mahatma Gandhi “OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE CREATURES, WE MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF JUSTICE.” – Dr. Jane Goodall “UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL, A PART OF ONE’S SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED.” – Anatole France

  • Anonymous says:

    This is so awful – i teared up a bit. Thank you PETA for trying to stop these cruel people!

  • Annalisa Parrini says:

    Peta Thanks for all the effort, efforts to help and be the voice “of those who have no voice”! Together with you, we can save others unhappy by the sufferings inflicted by man.

  • scottyt says:

    awesome job people can be so sick

  • renato says:

    Thank you PETA, and to all of you that help to stop this cruelty… bless your heart

  • Mouna says:

    Thumbs up!