PETA Assertion on Animal Welfare Violations at Burtek Inc.

for instant RELEASE:
23 September 2022

Tasgola Brunner 202-483-7382

Greenbrier, Ark. – Please see the next assertion from Dr. Alka Chandna, Vice President of PETA, relating to a just lately obtained federal doc indicating vital animal welfare violations at Burtek Inc. in Greenbrier, Arkansas:

It is horrifying sufficient to make use of rabbits, canine and cats as feeding troughs for ticks and fleas, however animal experimenters at Greenbrier-based Burtek Inc. cannot even adjust to minimal animal safety laws. Based on a just lately posted federal inspection report obtained by PETA, Burtek planted a lot of larval ticks on rabbits, confined to small enclosures with temperatures exceeding 87 levels. Based on the report, rabbits “develop welts from ticks that stay in place for as much as 24 hours after the incised ticks are eliminated, indicating vital irritation” – however Burtek rabbits must take any measures to scale back their discomfort. ache administration or different measures”. As well as, the enclosures have been smaller than legally required, limiting regular posture changes and motion.

The Fed additionally decided that Burtek’s animal experiment oversight physique had not adequately reviewed protocols for utilizing stay rabbits and cats to feed fleas and ticks – and thus failed to make sure that Ache and misery to the animals was minimized.

Final yr, Burtek used 549 canine, 390 rabbits and 18 cats within the experiments and narrowed it right down to 17 extra canine that had not but been used within the experiments. These animals really feel ache and worth their very own lives as a lot as firm executives do—so Burtek should decide to utilizing non-animal strategies to repel fleas and ticks.

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