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A nine-month PETA undercover investigation found
that hundreds of dogs, cats, and rabbits were subjected to vicious and abusive
handling, neglect, and miserable living conditions at
Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS)—a Corapeake, North Carolina–based
contract laboratory that tested companion animal products such as flea and tick
sprays and spot treatments on animals. Industry giants—including Bayer, Eli
Lilly, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Sergeant's, Wellmark, and
Merial, the makers of Frontline flea and tick products—are among the
corporations that have paid PLRS in the past to force-feed experimental
compounds to dogs and cats and smear chemicals onto the animals' skin.
PETA's investigation revealed that dogs, cats, and
rabbits used by PLRS suffered from untreated illnesses, injuries, and burns and
that many animals were covered in sores because they couldn't escape the urine,
bleach, and water that pooled in the facility's cages. Many animals at the
facility frequently exhibited stress-induced abnormal behavior resulting from
anxiety and boredom. Animals were often forced to sit in their own waste, and
many were sprayed with bleach and other harsh chemicals when the cages that
they were being kept in were cleaned while
the animals were still in them. A PLRS supervisor said that the untreated
sores were "just part of … life" at the facility.
investigator also documented that PLRS employees kicked, threw, grabbed, dropped,
and dragged dogs; roughly grabbed and lifted rabbits by their ears; violently threw
and slammed cats into cages; and viciously cursed at animals, calling them
names such as "asshole," "bitch," and "motherfucker."
Animals at PLRS were used in cruel and painful tests. In
one experiment that was conducted for a major corporation whose products are
stocked on store shelves nationwide, a test chemical was applied to the necks
of 57 cats. The cats exhibited severe adverse reactions that day, suffering seizures and bleeding from
the nose and mouth. In spite of the extreme and obvious reactions, the cats
were exposed to the chemical for a second
time that very same day. Rabbits
at PLRS were intentionally and repeatedly forced to "wear" a tightly
wrapped capsule containing thousands of ticks and were then killed.
While PLRS has
closed its doors and has surrendered its animals—thanks in large part
to your e-mails,
letters, phone calls, and support of PETA—countless others are still being used
by other laboratories in the development and testing of companion animal products.
Please be a voice for these animals.
Take a minute of your time today to urge pharmaceutical
companies to use only non-animal methods in the development and testing of
companion animal products.Putting your subject line and letter into your own words will help draw attention to your e-mail.
Dear [Decision Maker],