Animal Cruelty at Pennsylvania Farm

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducted an inspection in August 2011 at Triple F Farms where ferrets were being bred for both the pet store trade and research laboratories. The farm, located in Bradford City, Pennsylvania, was found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

Maintaining over 6,000 ferrets in the conditions mentioned in the agency’s inspection report constitutes animal cruelty of the most exceptional degree. For example, unlicensed personnel performing operations; cages, feeders, and water receptacles in disrepair, containing filth or simply empty; not enough employees to give animals proper care.

Mental health professionals and top law enforcement officials consider the blatant disregard for life and suffering an unquestionable warning sign for future criminal activity. The very important truth is that barbarous acts towards animals often lead to brutality to humans. The treatment of the ferrets at Triple F Farms, based on the inspection report, certainly constitutes barbarity. In addition, the American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders, and the FBI uses reports of animal cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals.

Please write to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service administrator requesting the service levy the maximum animal cruelty charges against the owners of the Triple F Farms.

Dr. Gregory Parham
Administrator
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA/APHIS/AC
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Tele. No.: 301-734-7833
E-mail: ace@aphis.usda.gov

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