Rats Killed by GCB’s Manager
GCB’s manager killed these rats and many others. He laughed as he grabbed these rats by the tail and slammed them against a hard plastic tub.

Mother Rat With Severed Tail
This rat’s tail was nearly cut in half, connected only by a thin string of tissue. She received no veterinary care or even pain relief.

Emaciated Black Tree Monitor
Many of GCB’s monitor lizards were very underweight or emaciated, with plainly visible vertebrae, like this one, who was also missing skin from the white areas on his or her nose and back.

Starving Kahl Albino Boa Constrictor

This snake was left to starve for at least a month. GCB’s manager denied requests by PETA’s investigator to help the snake, who languished in a filthy tub and became increasingly emaciated before finally dying.

Dead Rat and Her Baby
This mother rat was found lying dead, next to her dead pinkie. She appeared, as did other rats, to have died while giving birth.

Treated Like Trash
These dead tortoises were thrown out with the trash at GCB. They weren’t treated much better when alive: Sometimes they were denied water, which they need both to drink and for defecation.

Weak, Lethargic Rat
This weak and lethargic rat was found in another severely crowded tub among at least 200 other juvenile rats, many of whom were severely dehydrated and dying.

Severely Crowded RatsMany rats were kept in cramped bins. Some were forced to compete for and eat food off the bins’ urine- and feces-covered bedding, leading to fights, injuries, and death.

Maggot-Covered Enclosure
Management and workers left dead animals to rot for days. This enclosure, which contained a dead blue-tongue skink, was covered with thousands of maggots.

Filthy BeddingRats were forced to eat and sleep on feces-covered, urine-soaked bedding, exposing them to disease. Many rats could not even sit up to groom themselves in these shallow prisons.

Struggling to Survive
Broken valves left hundreds of rats struggling to protect their pups in the rising water. With no escape, an expert explained, rats felt terror watching their young suffer and die.

A Typical Monday’s Casualties
Rats were ignored on Sundays, so many were found dead on Monday. Rats signal stress by ultrasonic noises and pheromones—meaning many rats heard and sensed this family’s extreme fear.

Soaked, Shivering Survivors
PETA’s investigator saved countless exhausted and weakened rats from flooded tubs. They shivered as they battled hypothermia.

Dead Biak Snake
This thin yellow biak snake was one of many found dead in enclosures at the facility.

Rat With Abscessed Eye
This rat’s bloody eye deteriorated over the course of eight days, until a worker finally slammed her into a metal rack. She had a violent seizure then was thrown into the trash.

Gasping for Breath
The facility was full of snakes, such as this one, who struggled to breathe. PETA’s investigator never saw GCB bring a veterinarian in to see even a single animal.

Snake With Apparent Respiratory Infection
Many snakes at GCB wheezed and labored to breathe through open mouths—signs of respiratory infection. GCB denied all of these snakes, including this one, veterinary care, to the investigator’s knowledge.

Rat Shot and Killed With a BB Gun
GCB’s manager shot this rat twice with a BB gun and threw the animal―who was convulsing―into a trashcan full of feces, urine, and dead rats. He finally killed the rat with a third shot.

Emaciated Blue Biak Snake
Many of the facility’s reptiles, including this emaciated snake, were neglected and left to starve. This snake, like others, was so thin that his or her ribs were visibly protruding.

Injured Rat
This rat was found in a severely crowded tub with at least 200 others, where he or she was being attacked by another rat. The stressful conditions left the rat with an injured and bloody eye.

Dead Rats in the Facility
Investigators entering GCB on December 12 found hundreds of animals for whom help came too late, such as the many dead and decaying rats in this jumbled mass.

Thin Blue-Tongue Skink
GCB’s rampant neglect of reptiles left this skink, and others, to starve, causing the flattened body condition that you see here.

Unnatural Conditions
GCB’s monitor lizards, who in nature live in moist forests, were housed on plastic and dry wood. Animals at GCB were denied all that was natural and important to them.

Bolivian Boa Constrictor in a Filthy Enclosure

GCB owner Behm repeatedly told workers not to bother taking care of his reptiles. Disgusting conditions were common. This snake was left with the regurgitated remains of a rotting rat and maggots.

Hogg Island Boa Constrictor With a Swollen Face

This snake languished for two months with severe facial swelling. A worker repeatedly punctured the animal’s face with a thumbtack and squeezed it until pus erupted from the wounds.

Filthy, Standing WaterGCB’s water lines often malfunctioned, flooding rat enclosures and spilling water onto the facility floor. Rats were warehoused like shoes in rack after rack of tiny tubs.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind