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Act NOW to Help Thousands of Suffering Ferrets!

Investigation Update: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors confirmed PETA's findings from its nearly four-month undercover investigation of Triple F Farms, Inc. After a federal investigation found violations of at least eight animal protection regulations, Triple F Farms, Inc., agreed to pay more than $16,000 to settle the matter. The company also agreed to pay more than $28,000 to settle 38 violations of federal labor laws uncovered after PETA submitted evidence to the U.S. Department of Labor.

PETA recently went undercover at Triple F Farms, Inc. (Triple F), a Bradford County, Pa.-based massive ferret-breeding mill whose animals are sold to laboratories around the world and pet stores across the U.S., including Petland.

PETA's investigation revealed that thousands of ferrets are being kept confined to crowded, filthy, stifling barns, where they suffer from chronic neglect and die on a daily basis.YOU CAN HELP STOP THIS!

PETA found …

  • Ferrets being kept grouped in small cages with dangerous wire floors, deprived of any opportunity to engage in natural behavior such as burrowing or hiding, and often deprived of food and water.
  • Hundreds of newborn and young ferrets fell through the gaps in the wire cage bottoms 3 feet to the waste-covered concrete floors below, where they were left to writhe and cry, and they often died of dehydration or starvation within sight of their mothers and siblings.
  • Triple F's owners, supervisors, and workers left ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, infected feet, herniated organs, painful mammary gland infections, and ruptured and bleeding eyes to suffer and die without veterinary care.
  • Workers ran over, maimed, and killed young ferrets on the floor with carts. Other live ferrets were stepped on and buried in feces. PETA's investigator also saw ferrets thrown into the trash—and into the facility's incinerator—while still alive.
  • Despite claims on Triple F's website that the facility was visited weekly by a veterinarian, PETA's investigator never saw a veterinarian or veterinary technician at Triple F in nearly four months of working there.
  • Newborn, young, and adult animals were systematically denied basic and veterinary care for even painful, life-threatening injuries and conditions.
  • Triple F separates ferrets from their mothers at just 5 weeks of age. Employees who were not veterinarians or even veterinary technicians worked in a dusty "surgery room" and used unsterilized instruments—including a dull needle and razor blade—over and over to cut organs and anal sacs from ferrets who were not anesthetized properly and "woke up" and cried out.

Read more about PETA's findings here

Imagine suffering the neglect that these thousands of ferrets experience …

Every. Single. Day.

 

The investigator's repeated requests for care and speedy euthanasia to relieve suffering were met with blank stares, shoulder shrugs, and general indifference, as the investigator was instructed to "just leave" ferrets as they were. Triple F forbade its workers—including PETA's investigator—to pick up dying newborns. Many ferrets died slow, painful deaths. 

PETA has shared its findings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has over the last five years signed contracts with Triple F worth more than $1.5 million for live ferrets used in experiments. 

Urge Alan Kotch, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Procurement and Grants Office, to investigate why the CDC continues to funnel taxpayer dollars into Triple F. 

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