Target: Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Goal: Shut down research lab accused of abusing thousands of animals
Santa Cruz Biotechnology, a research lab located in Santa Cruz, California, was recently sued under California’s state animal cruelty law. Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the non-profit responsible for filing the suit, claims the lab severely abuses and neglects the 10,000 goats, 6,000 rabbits, horses, and cattle under its care.
Santa Cruz Biotech supplies antibodies and other research materials to laboratories all over the world. Its lab technicians experiment on and take blood from thousands of animals in order to fulfill orders and requests. While most labs in the United States are hotbeds of cruelty, Santa Cruz Biotech appears to be above the rest. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a complaint against the company, arguing that there were multiple animal rights violations happening at the facility. Goats and rabbits were unable to walk properly, and the majority of the animals had no medical records. Santa Cruz Biotech disputed the claims but promised to change policies and treat its animals more humanely.
However, the company did not follow through. In the fall of 2012, ALDF and other animal rights organizations again documented and cited the company for more massive animal abuse violations. According to ALDF, Santa Cruz Biotech’s animals are forced to live in small, unsanitary cages and wooden stalls. They are fed inadequate food and are not given any medical care. For example, one goat at the facility appeared to have been bitten by a coyote and the wound was left untreated. The goat, curled up in the corner of its tiny stall, was clearly in tremendous pain.
This kind of cruelty should not be tolerated. Santa Cruz Biotech makes millions of dollars in profits each year. There is no excuse for allowing its animals to suffer and die. If the lawsuit filed by ALDF is successful, Santa Cruz Biotech may be forced to shut down their operations permanently. Urge the California Department of Food and Agriculture to do these animals a service and close Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Dear Secretary Ross,
Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a company that obviously runs a business based on cruelty and lies. It has been cited numerous times for animal abuse and neglect but has not changed its policies or procedures. Please ensure the company’s research facility in California is shut down for good.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as numerous animal rights organizations, have repeatedly targeted Santa Cruz Biotech for animal rights abuses. Goats, rabbits, horses, and cattle are given inadequate food, filthy living spaces, and no veterinary care. There have been several documented cases of animals that could not stand up due to broken legs, disease, or starvation. Santa Cruz Biotech does not keep veterinary records of its animals and refuses to give them proper care.
This is unacceptable. This company makes millions in profits each year by providing antibodies and other research materials to labs all over the world. There is absolutely no excuse for it not to care for its animals. Please permanently close Santa Cruz Biotechnology’s research facility in California.
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