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From 10 September 2008 Issue
Boycott Iams Pet Food For Animal Cruelty
WASHINGTON,DC (RUSHPRNEWS) AUGUST 28,2008–The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an official complaint stating that the contract laboratory investigated by PETA in 2002 and 2003, which was employed by pet-food manufacturer Iams, “has shown a lack of good faith.”
The government complaint alleges that the following violations, among others, were documented by government inspectors at the contract laboratory from 2002 to 2005:
- Failure to provide pain relief to sheep used in experiments that caused pain or distress
- Failure to ensure that personnel were trained to perform experiments on animals
- Failure to provide veterinary care and to observe animals daily
- Failure to properly ventilate housing facilities for dogs and cats
- Failure to house cats with a sufficient number of litter boxes and resting surfaces
- Failure to keep animal-housing facilities clean and in good repair, resulting in injuries
- Failure to maintain comfortable temperatures in animal-housing facilities
- Failure to provide animals with sufficient space
The last three letters of his lab identification are “mas,” thus his name. But his life is far from a celebration. PETA’s investigator discovered that his ears had been allowed to reach a level of such extreme filth that they required medication. She noticed the problem only by giving Christmas hands-on attention which he had never previously received. His feet have developed sores from years of living on cement and slatted metal.
Fifi has been used in Iams studies for at least six years. She hides in the back of her cage constantly.
MadDog is frustrated by his life in a 3-foot-by-3-foot cage. He often pushes his food bowl onto the floor to get attention but it hasn’t done any good. He has been caged for Iams metabolic studies for six years. His voice was taken from him surgically during PETA’s investigation.
Maisy loves attention but rarely gets it. It’s even harder now that she’s been debarked and has no voice. Maisy has been caged since September 18, 1997.
Maxine hides in the back of her steel cage and in the gutter of her cement kennel. Maxine has trouble eating when she is locked in the metabolic cage. She was surgically debarked along with 18 other Iams dogs during PETA’s investigation. Iams did nothing to stop Maxine or the others from losing their voices.
Mickey has spent almost her entire life in Iams metabolic studies. She becomes extremely depressed when taken from her cement kennel to be put into the steel metabolic cage.
This Iams dog has no name—only a laboratory identification number. She lives in a dark building with no access to the outdoors or natural light, along with approximately 100 other dogs. Because she has no resting board and is not removed from the cage during cleaning time, she often is forced to sit or lie on wet concrete. She is lonely, sweet, and depressed.
Sally is extremely timid. She was born on April 10, 1996, and has spent the last six years trying to sleep and walk on cold wide-slatted floors. Many dogs injure themselves when their legs become stuck in between the slats.
Also read Boycott Iams -State Supreme Court Decision Hides MSU Animal-Experiment Records From Public
NEWS SOURCE: PETA
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