Following PETA’s undercover investigation into Triple F Farms, a massive ferret-breeding operation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has fined the company nearly $17,000 for violating at least eight regulations under the Animal Welfare Act.
A Bad Business
The violations were discovered during USDA inspections conducted in response to PETA’s submission of video footage and other evidence.
Documents recently obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division show that Triple F President Jack Fallenstein also agreed to pay 28 employees more than $28,000 in back wages to settle 38 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act following a federal investigation prompted by PETA’s complaint to the agency.
Triple F: Failing Ferrets
PETA’s investigation into the ferret mill lasted nearly four months and documented systematic and often fatal neglect and abuse of ferrets. We found that Triple F owners, supervisors, and workers left newborn ferrets for dead when they fell through wire cage bottoms 3 feet onto the filthy concrete floor, housed ferrets in severely crowded conditions, and deprived ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, herniated organs, and other painful conditions of veterinary care or euthanasia. PETA’s investigator also saw ferrets thrown into the trash—and into the facility’s incinerator—while still alive.
Triple F sells ferrets to pet stores and laboratories around the world. Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has had contracts worth more than $1.5 million with the company. The CDC signed even more contracts with this filthy factory farm after PETA shared its evidence and the USDA’s findings with CDC brass. PETA has called on the agency to rescind Triple F’s contracts and disqualify it from future contracts. The National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Navy have also had contracts with Triple F worth nearly $400,000.
What You Can Do
Please urge the director of the CDC’s Procurement and Grants Office to stop the agency from funneling taxpayer dollars to Triple F.