Chinchillas Allegedly Kept in Filthy Enclosures Without Medical Care Deserve Justice

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Target: Dr. Betty Goldentyer, Deputy Administrator of Animal Care, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Revoke licenses of animal breeding facilities that allegedly kept thousands of chinchillas in filthy, unsafe conditions.

Two animal breeding companies allegedly forced hundreds of chinchillas to live in putrid, excrement-filled facilities and failed to treat sick animals or clear dead bodies from the enclosures. A USDA inspection report released to the public indicated horrific living conditions for these innocent animals, many of which appeared to be lethargic, infected, and even wounded.

The USDA has filed a formal complaint against Moulton Chinchilla Ranch, whose hearing has been postponed because of the pandemic. It has not filed a complaint against Ryerson Chinchilla Ranch, who has been cited for using “painful” and “unacceptable” methods of euthanasia and also allegedly kept chinchillas in shockingly inhumane conditions. Demand that the USDA revoke the licenses of both facilities to put an end to this alleged cruelty.


Dear Dr. Goldentyer,

USDA reports have indicated that Moulton Chinchilla Ranch and Ryerson Chinchilla Ranch are keeping hundreds of chinchillas in filthy, unsafe environments and failing to administer proper veterinary care. This alleged violation of the Animal Welfare Act is cruel and inexcusable.

These facilities have received citations for similar violations in the past, but they do not appear to have made any significant efforts to improve their standards of care, based on these recent reports. I urge you to put an end to this alleged abuse and revoke the licenses of Moulton Chinchilla Ranch and Ryerson Chinchilla Ranch.


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  1. Animal cruelty is never ok! Be a voice for those without! Prison time for sure!!

  2. Carolyn A Taylor says:

    I demand justice for these thousands of poor abused chincillas, NOW!!! No living being should ever be treated in such a horrific and pityful manner! Punish Moulton Chinchilla Ranch and Ryerson Chinchilla Ranch to the fullest extent of the law! These hell holes must never be allowed to breed animals ever again!

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