Purchase follows group’s Envigo briefing revealing hundreds of dogs died, some left to rot
For immediate release:
December 15, 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – Today, PETA announced its recent share purchase in Inotiv, the new parent company of Envigo, a Virginia-based international dog breeder and lab provider, which is currently experiencing the fallout from a damning undercover talk from PETA as well as a subsequent investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The share purchase by PETA allows the group to attend Inotiv’s annual meetings and speak directly to the board of directors and shareholders about Envigo’s dog abuse and numerous serious violations. the federal law on the protection of animals. PETA is also asking the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International to revoke Envigo’s accreditation. The National Institutes of Health is one of Envigo’s clients.
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 up to 500 puppies each month to sell for the ‘experimentation. PETA’s investigation found that workers without veterinary diplomas stuck needles in the heads of the 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 hurts dogs in other ways.
“Sweet beagles are suffering at Envigo, and those who survive are sent to labs to endure even more pain and misery,” said Dan Paden, vice president of evidence analysis at PETA. âNow, as the owner of shares in Envigo’s parent company, PETA will have a direct line with board members and shareholders urging them to shut down this hell and throw away the key. “
PETA, whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment” – plans to push Inotiv to adopt its research modernization agreement, which proposes a strategy to end archaic and imperfect experiments on animals and support modern and efficient human experiences. – relevant research methods, such as organ-on-a-chip, three-dimensional tissue models and supercomputers for drug screening and modeling.
Photos from PETA’s investigation are available here, and video footage is available here.
PETA opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s information gathering and investigative reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where Instagram.