Condemn Laboratory for Repeated Animal Abuse

Target: John W. McCall, President of TRS Labs Inc., of Athens, Georgia

Goal: Condemn TRS Labs, Inc. for abusing and mistreating the animals in its care

TRS Labs, Inc. in Athens, Georgia, was recently fined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for animal welfare violations. Upon its most recent visit to TRS Labs, the USDA found a dog with a dime sized oozing wound; cats kept in crates designed for dogs, meaning the bottom wire holes were big enough for the cats’ paws to slip through; and a gerbil that was euthanized due to wounds it suffered from a fight with another gerbil.

TRS Labs has received many negative reviews from the USDA in the past, and has failed to improve conditions for its animals. Even though the lab’s owner knows that the USDA performs frequent inspections, the animals’ conditions have not improved.

The lab has been fined $26,000 for mistreating its animals. The facility tests on dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets, and the lab’s report card shows upwards of 200 animals are experimented on per year. Some of these animals undergoing painful experimentation, for which an anesthetic is necessary. The USDA’s visits conclude that these animals are not receiving basic veterinary care for wounds, nor are they allowed a comfortable resting place.

The animals at TRS Labs deserve better. The experiments they are forced to undergo are painful, inhumane and often life-threatening. Inform TRS Labs, Inc. that you will not tolerate this kind of treatment to animals, and that its operations are under scrutiny by the USDA and the American public, and we don’t like what we see. This mistreatment must end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear John W. McCall,

Animal welfare violations at TRS Labs have included a dog with an infected wound, and cats that are forced to live in cages meant for dogs, causing their paws to slip through the bottom grate. Your lab was rightly fined $26,000 by the USDA, and negative attention has been focused on your laboratory.

The USDA has discovered animals in your care that required veterinary assistance but did not receive it. This is unacceptable. Animals are beings with pain receptors, feelings and personalities. No animal deserves to live its life as a practice dummy, but those that are forced into that life deserve to have their basic needs met.

You have been cited in the past for the mistreatment of laboratory animals, and it seems that these issues are recurring. Please know that you are under the watchful eye of the American public, and we expect change. When an animal requires veterinary care to live comfortably, administer this. Learn from this recent fine from the USDA, and from the public disapproval of myself and countless others.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

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4 Comments

  1. Vivisection is bad science with faulty findings. Use alternative non-animal tests. Besides fines it would be a good idea to jail vivisectors for their abuse/cruelty.

  2. I AM HERE TO HAVE MY VOICE BE HEARD!!! PLZZZ STOP THIS HANEIS CRIME AND CRUELTY AGAINST THESE POOR HELPLESS ANIMALS!! WHAT MOAT PPL THINK RATS AS JUST A NUSIANCE THEIR NOT!! THEY ARE GODS CREATURES!!! AND THIS GOES FOR ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS THAT THEY USE AND ABUSE LET THEM TEST ALL THESE DRUGS AND AHIT ON HUMANES THE ONES WHO DONT CARE ABOUT THIS GRUSUME CRIME!!!! REALLY WHAT IS WRONG WOTH THESE SELFISH IGNORANT GREEDY BASTARDS!! OHH BELIEVE ME MY VOICE IS LOUD AND WILL BE HEARD AND IM PROUD TO BE NATIVE!!! THESE PPL DBT HAVE ANY CLUE WHO I AM OR WHAT THEIR UP AGINST I WILL CONTINUE TO ROCK AND RUIN THEIR WORLD TILL THEY FALL AND CRIMBLE THIS I AS DELORES ALLEN WHITEWOLF MAKE A SOLEM PROMISE TO FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE PETTITION REGARDING THE ENVIORMENT ANIMALS AND MOTHER EARTH AHO PROUD OF WHO I AM AND TO BE NATIVE ALWAYS WALK IN BEAUTY AND TO ALL THE IGNORANT GREDY BASTARDS ROT IN HELL CAUSE I PROMISE THATS WERE I WILL I WILL SEND YOU..STOP THIS VIOLENCE NOW AND TO PRESIDENT OBABAMA YOU SUCK ASS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!!!!

  3. laurel mancini says:

    Using any specie but the human one to research health problems does not render any really useful information. Many times the ‘research’ is an excuse to receive grant money, and the research is absolute s–t! The people in these labs are about as ethical as Josef Mengele. No more animals in medical research. (How about some politicians or priests or pedophiles?)

  4. Emily March says:

    I hate this, wherever it goes on, and whatever the reason. – The basic attitude, once again is : “what happens to animals does not matter. Only we, humans, do”… – Humans are animals; the use of their fellow creatures in research proves it!!! – Lab research is like a drug; those performing it turn sadly immune to the suffering it involves. This is wrong: LAWS banning all research on animals had better be on the agenda, as a hallmark to civilization,soon!

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