Investigation: who sells animals to Laboratories?

They’re designed to be anonymous.

Tucked away in unassuming facilities in quiet communities such as Chatfield, Minnesota; Ewing, Illinois; New Sharon, Iowa; and Oxford, Michigan, not even their names—Moulton Chinchilla Ranch, Oak Hill Genetics, Ruby Fur Farm, and Oakwood Research Facility—betray the nature of their operations.

But Moulton Chinchilla, Oak Hill, Ruby Fur, Oakwood, and numerous others around the country form a vast, largely unknown network of businesses that breed and supply dogs, chinchillas, foxes, ferrets, pigs, rabbits, and other animals for experimentation laboratories.

They peddle in misery.
Suffering is their currency.

The large, open wound on this chinchilla’s head went untreated.

PETA has obtained video footage and photographs taken by federal inspectors that for the first time show the unsanitary, often putrid, and abhorrent conditions of these decrepit facilities that breed, warehouse, and sell sentient beings for profit.

The footage—along with federal inspection reports—shows definitively that suffering for animals destined for experimentation begins well before they arrive at the laboratories.

“Moulton Chinchilla Ranch”, a foul-smelling misery factory, willfully violates animal protection laws yet continues to operate.

Moulton Chinchilla Ranch is located in Chatfield, Minnesota, a quiet town with a population of fewer than 3,000, located outside Rochester.

Moulton is a hellhole so wretched that in November 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took the rare step of filing a formal complaint against the company for its serious and chronic violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

Federal inspectors found chinchillas with open, untreated wounds as well as collars that were embedded into their necks. When they were removed, inspectors said that “the skin was eroded, there were matted hair and open lesions” and “a putrid odor was noticeable” [emphasis added].

One baby chinchilla found outside his enclosure was placed with a foster mother. It was later noticed that the animal had “a deep fresh wound on [his] back left leg … [and] some toes just hanging on” [emphasis added].

Following the collar’s removal, the inspector observed “an open sore around most of the neck where the collar had been,” seeping discharge with “a strong putrid odor.” The USDA has repeatedly cited Moulton Chinchilla ranch (MCR) for open sores and abscesses that have developed under the collars. It did so again this year.

One baby chinchilla found outside his enclosure was placed with a foster mother. It was later noticed that the animal had “a deep fresh wound on [his] back left leg … [and] some toes just hanging on”

Also, multiple inspections spanning several years showed that enclosures had holes and chinchillas could escape, fall through, or become injured. Several feeders were rusted. Inspectors also observed accumulations of feces and foul odors.

Moulton continues operating, unabated.

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And I mean… MCR, with a 9-year history of Animal Welfare Act violations, is the only chinchilla facility listed in the Buyers Guide that U.S. universities rely on to find suppliers.

Moulton markets and sells his chinchillas in various ways.

He sells them as pets and breeding stock to individuals, pet shops, and other associations. His chinchillas have also been used for hearing research in the Navy, Army, at Johns Hopkins, the National Institute of Health, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and other facilities.

He used to sell them for pelts as well but hasn’t done that for about 15 years.

The disturbing pictures included with this article of PETA, taken by a US Department of Agriculture inspector in 2017, are worth far more than a thousand words.

And Moulton Chinchilla Ranch (MCR)—a licensed dealer supplying chinchillas for experimentation —knows it.

Despite these abysmal records, MCR has supplied chinchillas to some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world.

Boston University, for one, still lists MCR (and Ryerson) as its only approved chinchilla vendors, months after the publication of Science’s devastating exposé.

The fact that such criminals still exist and work undisturbed despite clear and officially documented violations of the law, is thanks to the likewise criminal politicians

And these chinchillas and all other breed animals continue to suffer so terribly because the laboratory mafia and the USDA make this wanton animal cruelty possible.

My best regards to all, Venus

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