Whistleblower Helps PETA Get USDA Citations Issued

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Problem: You’re head of an engineering firm hired to simulate and analyze a customer’s fall in a Dollar General store in order to provide testimony in a lawsuit.

Solution(?): Get some goon to shoot a sensitive, intelligent pig in the head and then drop the pig’s body repeatedly onto a concrete floor.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that killing a pig to mimic a human fall is inhumane and unnecessary, but that’s exactly what Linda Weseman of Gainesville-based Weseman Engineering Inc. did.

Since shooting a pig execution-style violates USDA regulations, we filed a complaint with that agency in September 2008 after a whistleblower alerted us to the incident.

Exactly a year later, we learned that the USDA has issued Weseman three citations and a “serious warning” for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

The following are the violations Ms. Weseman was cited for:

  • Conducting experiments on an animal without being registered with the USDA
  • Failure to have the experiment reviewed by an animal welfare oversight committee
  • Failure to provide adequate veterinary care for the pig prior to the animal’s death and failure to meet the requirements for euthanasia

Weseman also agreed never to do another experiment on a USDA-regulated animal again (so pigs are safe, but rats and mice beware).

In case those citations and a warning aren’t enough to drive home the point for Ms. Weseman that sentient beings shouldn’t be killed for pointless experiments, I suggest some compassion training with rescued piglets at her nearest animal sanctuary.

Written by Heather Drennan

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