For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Atlanta – A latest federal inspection report of Sun Pet Ltd.—an enormous regionally based mostly animal mill—reveals animal struggling and neglect in obvious violation of state regulation. This morning, PETA despatched a letter to Fulton County Solicitor General Keith E. Gammage asking him to research the PetGood and Petco animal provider and file acceptable felony expenses towards these accountable.
The August 4 report from the ability, which housed almost 13,000 animals throughout the inspection, describes how one hamster was eaten alive by different severely confused hamsters, and employees didn’t discover that “pieces of deceased hamster” had been scattered all through the animals’ meals and bedding. Workers didn’t deal with hamsters and a rabbit for swollen and crusted eyes, labored respiration, hair and weight reduction, infected pores and skin, and different painful circumstances; failed to supply gerbils with sufficient water; and roughly dealt with bins containing hamsters.
“More animals are in danger of dying of thirst, of injuries, and in other grisly ways as long as the carelessness and callousness at Sun Pet go unchecked,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA is asking officials to hold the company responsible for severely neglecting animals.”
PETA notes that federal veterinarians’ findings at Sun Pet seem to violate O.C.G.A. § 16-12-4, which prohibits subjecting an animal to “physical pain, suffering, or death … by any unjustifiable … omission” or “fail[ing] to provide [an] animal adequate … water [or] sanitary conditions.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group’s letter to Gammage is accessible right here. For extra data on PETA’s newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.