Target: David Young, Owner of Young Veterinary Research Services
Goal: Confirm with evidence that animals in a testing lab are treated humanely.
Residents living near one of the largest animal testing labs in central California have suspicions that the lab, which is said to look like a scary horror house, is treating its animals cruelly. Residents allege that you can hear the dogs inside the lab crying, and the owners of the lab have not allowed any public visits to confirm whether the animals are being treated humanely.
Although Young Veterinary Research Services is a USDA-registered lab with 300 dogs and 100 cats, it has had past citations of dogs being underweight and some walking stiffly or incorrectly. The lab tests flea and tick products on dogs and cats before these products are approved to be sold on the public market. These animals are caged anywhere from a few months to several years, and the experiments used to test the products on these animals can result in diarrhea, vomiting and even death.
Companies like Bayer, Merial, Merck, and Pfizer are recorded as using the lab to test their products, but have made practically no comments about the allegations against the lab. Lab owner David Young reportedly yelled at a local news station when it inquired about the allegations. He also hired a public relations spokesperson after the incident. For someone who has nothing to hide, Young should have no problem allowing local residents or news camera crews shedding light on his operation.
Sign the petition below to demand that the owners of the animal testing lab permit a full inspection of their grounds to prove that the animals are being treated with compassion.
Dear David Young,
Residents living near your animal testing lab say it not only looks like a scary horror house, but they can hear animals inside crying out. You have past citations of dogs being underweight and not walking correctly. It’s known that these animals are caged up for long periods of time, and the flea and tick product testing done on them can result in diarrhea, vomiting and even death of these poor animals. Local animal lovers simply want answers.
If you are truly an animal lover and your testing lab is operating humanely, you should have no problem allowing public visits or having local news stations come by to take a look. Transparency on this issue is incredibly important to ensure the proper treatment of these animals who don’t have a voice for themselves. Allow public visits by community members or by local news stations to prove these animals are not being abused.
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