Media Statement, re: Global Captive Breeders David Delgado Sentencing

For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2014

PETA’s investigation of Global Captive Breeders revealed animals left to die in cramped, filthy bins, where they slowly starved or drowned. Not only did former manager David Delgado fail to stop this horrific neglect—typical of suppliers to the pet trade industry—he was also caught freezing live animals, shooting rats with a BB gun, slamming rats into hard surfaces, and committing other abuses. A five-year prohibition on acquiring animals is a critical step in making sure that other living beings don’t suffer at Delgado’s hands. Although his time behind bars won’t hold a candle to the misery that he inflicted on thousands of animals, Delgado’s incarceration shows that the shocking cruelty of the reptile and small-animal trade will not be tolerated.

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