For immediate release:
November 9, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Cumberland, Virginia. – A new PETA’s Secret Investigation of Envigo, an international supplier of beagles to laboratories for use in experiments, has documented workers without veterinary skills sticking needles into the heads of puppies; injected euthanasia drugs directly into the hearts of the puppies without sedation, causing them immense pain; deprive nursing mother dogs of food for up to two days; sprayed the dogs with high pressure hoses, leaving them soaked; and made them suffer in other ways. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just completed a multi-day inspection and an investigation into the facility, after a factory supervisor was filmed by PETA describing USDA inspectors’ concerns as “a fucking game you have to play to … satisfy them, because of the **** bull they can cause to happen.” Photos from PETA’s investigation are available here, and video footage is available here.
Since September 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), previously criticized for funding cruel experiments on dogs, awarded Envigo three contracts for live dogs.
Envigo confines some 5,000 beagles in sterile kennels and cramped cages in sheds the size of a football field, raises mothers twice a year for seven years, and produces about 500 puppies each month to sell for the purpose of ‘experimentation. Here are some of the investigator’s findings:
- A supervisor and worker withheld breastfeeding mothers’ food for days and continued to do so even after USDA ordered staff not to, then told workers to lie about it if given. asked.
- Workers without veterinary credentials poked needles into the puppies ‘heads, apparently to drain the bruises, without any pain relief, causing the puppies to cry out and cutting the prolapsed tissue from the puppies’ eyes with scissors, among other medical procedures.
- The PETA investigator found more than 360 puppies that died during the investigation. Some had been run over by their mothers in the cramped cages they were forced to live in, others died of pneumonia or hepatitis, and some were left to rot alongside their surviving siblings.
- Workers and a supervisor routinely left the dogs in their cages as they sprayed them with high-pressure hoses, leaving the soaked puppies to shiver on the hard plastic floors and their food to mold and become infested with maggots. The puppies also fell through holes in the cages and ended up in drains, soaked in water, feces and other waste.
“If Envigo’s puppies survive birth in a sterile cage, bombarded with a high-pressure hose and go through painful procedures, they are sold to labs for testing,” said Daphna, vice president. principal of PETA for Cruelty Investigations. Nachminovich. “These beagles experience exactly the same feelings of fear, pain and loneliness as the dogs who share our homes, and none of them should suffer in the realm of experimentation anymore.”
According to published articles, since 2016, the dogs at this plant have been tested at the United States Food and Drug Administration, Temple University, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Missouri and at Level Biotechnology in Taiwan, among others.
PETA – whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment” – opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s intelligence gathering and investigative reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where Instagram.