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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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