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September 23, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Greenbrier, Ark. – Please see the next assertion from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna concerning a just-obtained federal doc indicating vital animal welfare violations at Bertek Inc. in Greenbrier, Arkansas:
Utilizing rabbits, canine, and cats as feeding troughs for ticks and fleas is horrifying sufficient, however the animal experimenters at Greenbrier-based Bertek Inc. can’t even abide by minimal animal safety laws. In accordance with a just-posted federal inspection report obtained by PETA, Bertek positioned giant numbers of larval ticks on rabbits who had been confined to tiny enclosures through which temperatures soared to over 87 levels. In accordance with the report, the rabbits “develop welts from the ticks that final 24 hours after removing of the engorged ticks, indicating important irritation”—however Bertek failed to supply the rabbits with any “ache administration or different measures” to alleviate their discomfort. Additionally, the enclosures had been smaller than what’s legally required, limiting regular postural adjustment and motion.
The feds additionally decided that Bertek’s animal experimentation oversight physique hadn’t even adequately reviewed protocols for utilizing stay rabbits and cats to feed fleas and ticks—and thus failed to make sure that ache and misery to the animals had been minimized.
Final yr, Bertek used 549 canine, 390 rabbits, and 18 cats in experiments and confined an extra 17 canine who had not but been utilized in experiments. These animals really feel ache and worth their very own lives simply as a lot as the corporate’s executives do—so Bertek ought to decide to utilizing non-animal strategies to rear fleas and ticks.