PETA Files DOJ Complaint Against Notorious Trauma Training Contractor After USDA’s Official Warning

For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2022

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Shalin Gala regarding the Official Warning just posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against Tier One Quality Solutions (TQS Corp) for its violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations.

PETA has filed a new complaint with Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the U.S. Department of Justice to stop mutilating animals in crude trauma training drills, citing the fact that TQS Corp’s notorious president, John Janota, also runs Assessment and Training Solutions Consulting Corp. (ATSCC), which in 2019 received $22,594 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for maiming animals in deadly trauma training exercises.

PETA’s complaint follows our September 3, 2021, letter to Garland, in which we pointed out that ATSCC has previously been cited by the USDA multiple times for AWA violations. Furthermore, in 2015, following a PETA complaint, Virginia officials issued a cease-and-desist notice to Janota, stating that he could no longer use his property to conduct trauma training on animals since it isn’t zoned for such activities.

The Department of Justice shouldn’t waste taxpayer money on contractors who blatantly violate the law, yet this is exactly what’s happening during the agency’s gruesome trauma training drills on animals. Nearly 80,000 PETA supporters have called on the attorney general to sever ties to these animal mutilation exercises, following the lead of the U.S. Coast Guard, which ended this self-proclaimed “abhorrent” practice in 2017, and the U.S. Department of Defense instruction that requires animal-free simulations to be used “to the maximum extent practicable.”

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