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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Disturbing Laboratory Animal Abuse

The Associated Press tells a horrible story of animal abuse at a North Carolina research lab. The Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. was caught in undercover video abusing dogs, cats, and rabbits. I was unable to finish watching the video; it was more than I can handle. Reading the story is disturbing enough.

Quotes from the MSNBC.com Associated Press story:
"Another clip shows an employee at Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. purposely letting a cat grasp a fence with its claw before yanking it in an apparent attempt to rip off its nails, according to PETA's account of the video. In another portion, a caretaker drops a dog back to the ground before pushing it into the cage with a foot. Another scene shows a dog squirming through a tooth removal as workers acknowledge that the sedation drug is a couple years past its expiration and may not be working very well." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39060229

Care2.com reports that the lab in the center of this investigation "is a contract laboratory that tests animal-companion products such as flea and tick sprays and spot treatments on animals. Their clients include: Bayer, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Sergeants's, Wellmark and Merial, the makers of Frontline flea and tick products."
http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/abuse-at-north-carolina-lab/

Should you wish to view the video, please know it is heartbreaking. Within the few moments I watched of the video, I saw animals desperately pleading for affection, while one worker physically and verbally abused them. I was in tears (in just a few moments of watching it). Needless to say, it is difficult to watch. http://www.peta.org/FeaturePLRS.asp

Please write North Carolina District Attorney Frank Parrish (who is investigating) in support of prosecuting Professional Laboratory and Research Services Inc. to the fullest extent of the law. http://www.ncdistrictattorney.org/frankparrish/frankparrish.htm

Note: Personally, I am not a fan of PETA in many ways. However, this is one instance I am in full support of PETA undercover investigations. Someone has to take a stance - to do something - to protect these animals. Thank you to PETA for having the courage to take on this animal testing laboratory.

I hope the lab is shut down permanently and all responsible parties are sent to prison. I'll be glad to adopt one of these horribly abused animals; tell me when and where - dog or cat - I'll be there.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Truth about Pet Food
Petsumer Report
www.TruthaboutPetFood.com





Disturbing Laboratory Animal Abuse

2 comments:

wendy said...

Thank you for bringing attention to this matter and encouraging people to write to the district attorney. I saw the video and it was heartbreaking. I also an not a huge PETA fan. I am however a human with compassion for other living beings. These poor animals cannot speak out about their treatment, but we can speak for them. I can't stop thinking about them and am on a mission to do all I can to bring awareness.

Rhonda, Daphne's Mom said...

I created this facebook page to bring attention to this issue: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=126621527387404