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cruelty at ferret mill
by Hannah (justinluv)
at September 17th, 2011 (03:02 pm)

I am not a big fan of PeTA, but if the USDA--whose requirements we all know are minimal--is backing up their findings, then I have to believe this.

http://www.peta.org/features/investigation-exposes-cruelty-at-ferret-mill.aspx
(((very graphic video at this link)))

investigator's notes (graphic text)

the USDA's findings

I am sitting here in tears. I want to take them all home.

This is enough to make me NEVER buy a ferret again. Only rescues from here on out for me.

Comments

Posted by: Ky (kyboshia)
Posted at: September 17th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)

:(

Posted by: ferretwoman (ferretwoman)
Posted at: September 17th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)

There is a group on FB regarding this too with lots of information and people who want to get involved and try to do something about it.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/227969317251509/

Posted by: Inanna Liban (inannaliban)
Posted at: September 17th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)

I have a Triple F and she was an extremely aggressive kit, and undersized. Now we know why.....

Posted by: Silence. (derangedlioness)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
stare

How are you able to tell where the ferret comes from? Are there specific tattoos given?

Posted by: Inanna Liban (inannaliban)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)

We purchased Miss Violet as a kit and I asked which breeder she came from. We only purchased her because she was very very tiny. Half the size of the other ferrets she was with. The vet figured she had been accidently included with a batch of older ferrets. She weighed six ounces when we brought her home. I have never found a tattoo on her, or on her litter mate that a friend has. Both were very aggressive though, especially about food.

Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)

I could be wrong, but I am 99% sure that Triple F tattoos their kits.

Some breeders don't tattoo their kits, but I can't remember their names at the moment. It's been years since I read that info. I know Canadian Ferrets (might have that name slightly wrong) doesn't.

Posted by: Inanna Liban (inannaliban)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)

Real Canadian Ferrets. I had one ferret that had a 1 tattooed in her ear, that was Laino. After some research apparently the Triple F tattoo is pink and inside a fold of the ear. I don't think Miss Violet will cooperate with my probing deeply into her ear. May try on Jethro, her litter mate, next time I am over there. Being that they are pink tattoos and she is almost three I won't hold my breath on finding it.

Posted by: Dragoncaller (dragoncaller)
Posted at: September 17th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)

I'm not going to watch, but buying any animal at any pet store is cruelty.

Posted by: Pispiza etopta sapa (wolff_slaven)
Posted at: September 17th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)

I refuse to watch the video. I saw some images a week or so ago and I nearly ran to the toilet to vomit.

Posted by: she likes to fly... (joyfulgirl02)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)

disgusting!

I can't imagine why we all have/had so many medical issues with our ferrets.

Posted by: 亜莉尊 (serria)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Basil

I know PETA is pretty off the wall and their image tends to make a mockery of animal rights more than garner support for them... but someone needs to expose these barbaric facilities. I hope the allegations are taken deadly seriously, even if they're from PETA. Is there any way to find out the results of this? All of those mill employees should spend time in jail, and the company should face a lawsuit.

Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)

In the comments here ferretwoman posted a link to a FB group devoted to this. Highly recommend joining it as it sounds like the easiest way to stay up to date on what is going on.

Posted by: femalecheetah (femalecheetah)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)

Omg that makes me SO sad :(

Posted by: ferretwoman (ferretwoman)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)

Triple F has until tomorrow I believe to respond to the USDA's findings. Apparently there is enough in those findings for federal charges but no doubt 3F will appeal. I'm in a group of people who are following this closely and posting info that is found out on the FB board. There are links to lots of information there.

Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)

I sent a request to join. Thank you for the info.

Posted by: ferretwoman (ferretwoman)
Posted at: September 18th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)

And I see you were added. :)

Posted by: Katie (lizardwan)
Posted at: September 19th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Athos

I'd heard about this. The whole thing makes me so sick. I really hope that they get what's coming to them.