They’re designed to be anonymous.
Tucked away in unassuming facilities in quiet communities such as Chatfield, Minnesota; Ewing, Illinois; New Sharon, Iowa; and Oxford, Michigan, not even their names—Moulton Chinchilla Ranch, Oak Hill Genetics, Ruby Fur Farm, and Oakwood Research Facility—betray the nature of their operations.
But Moulton Chinchilla, Oak Hill, Ruby Fur, Oakwood, and numerous others around the country form a vast, largely unknown network of businesses that breed and supply dogs, chinchillas, foxes, ferrets, pigs, rabbits, and other animals for experimentation laboratories.
They peddle in misery.
Suffering is their currency.
The large, open wound on this chinchilla’s head went untreated.
PETA has obtained video footage and photographs taken by federal inspectors that for the first time show the unsanitary, often putrid, and abhorrent conditions of these decrepit facilities that breed, warehouse, and sell sentient beings for profit.
The footage—along with federal inspection reports—shows definitively that suffering for animals destined for experimentation begins well before they arrive at the laboratories.
“Moulton Chinchilla Ranch”, a foul-smelling misery factory, willfully violates animal protection laws yet continues to operate.
Moulton Chinchilla Ranch is located in Chatfield, Minnesota, a quiet town with a population of fewer than 3,000, located outside Rochester.
Moulton is a hellhole so wretched that in November 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took the rare step of filing a formal complaint against the company for its serious and chronic violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Federal inspectors found chinchillas with open, untreated wounds as well as collars that were embedded into their necks. When they were removed, inspectors said that “the skin was eroded, there were matted hair and open lesions” and “a putrid odor was noticeable” [emphasis added].
One baby chinchilla found outside his enclosure was placed with a foster mother. It was later noticed that the animal had “a deep fresh wound on [his] back left leg … [and] some toes just hanging on” [emphasis added].
Following the collar’s removal, the inspector observed “an open sore around most of the neck where the collar had been,” seeping discharge with “a strong putrid odor.” The USDA has repeatedly cited Moulton Chinchilla ranch (MCR) for open sores and abscesses that have developed under the collars. It did so again this year.
One baby chinchilla found outside his enclosure was placed with a foster mother. It was later noticed that the animal had “a deep fresh wound on [his] back left leg … [and] some toes just hanging on”
Also, multiple inspections spanning several years showed that enclosures had holes and chinchillas could escape, fall through, or become injured. Several feeders were rusted. Inspectors also observed accumulations of feces and foul odors.
Moulton continues operating, unabated.
Continue reading “Investigation: who sells animals to Laboratories?”