Act Now to Help Thousands of Suffering Ferrets

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Originally Posted: 2 September 2011

Act Now to Help Thousands of Suffering Ferrets

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
phone (404) 639-7000
[email protected]


PETA recently went undercover at Triple F Farms, Inc. (Triple F), a Bradford County, Pa.-based massive ferret-breeding mill whose animals are sold to laboratories around the world and pet stores across the U.S., including Petland. PETA's investigation revealed that thousands of ferrets are being kept confined in crowded, filthy, stifling barns, where they suffer from chronic neglect and die on a daily basis. We need your help now to end this suffering once and for all.

See the undercover video:

PETA found that ferrets were kept grouped in small cages with dangerous wire floors, deprived of any opportunity to engage in natural behavior such as burrowing or hiding, and often deprived of food and water. Newborn, young, and adult animals were systematically denied basic and veterinary care for even painful, life-threatening injuries and conditions. Imagine suffering the neglect that these thousands of ferrets experience every single day. Speak up for these ferrets today by taking action below.

Triple F's owners, supervisors, and workers left ferrets with bleeding rectal prolapses, gaping wounds, infected feet, herniated organs, painful mammary gland infections, and ruptured and bleeding eyes to suffer and die without adequate veterinary care.

The investigator's repeated requests for care and speedy euthanasia to relieve suffering were met with blank stares, shoulder shrugs, and general indifference, as the investigator was instructed to "just leave" ferrets as they were. Many ferrets died slow, painful deaths.

Hundreds of newborn and young ferrets fell through the gaps in the wire cage bottoms 3 feet to the waste-covered concrete floors below, where they were left to writhe and cry, and they often died of dehydration or starvation within sight of their mothers and siblings. Triple F forbade its workers—including PETA's investigator—to pick up the dying newborns. These young ferrets are vulnerable and need their mothers. How would you feel if your baby were slowly dying within your sight and you could do nothing about it?

Workers ran over, maimed, and killed young ferrets on the floor with carts. Other live ferrets were stepped on and buried in feces. PETA's investigator also saw ferrets thrown into the trash—and into the facility's incinerator—while still alive. Help prevent other ferrets from being cold-heartedly discarded as "trash" by taking action now.

Triple F did not have a staff veterinarian to examine and treat the 6,000 or more ferrets it keeps confined in its sheds on any given day. Despite claims on Triple F's website that the facility was visited weekly by a veterinarian, PETA's investigator never saw a veterinarian or veterinary technician at Triple F in nearly four months of working there.

Triple F separates ferrets from their mothers at just 5 weeks of age. Lay employees worked in a dusty "surgery room" and used unsterilized instruments—including a dull needle and razor blade—over and over to cut organs and anal sacs from ferrets who were not anesthetized properly and "woke up" and cried out. Read more about PETA's findings here.

PETA has shared its findings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has—in the last five years—signed contracts with Triple F worth more than $1.5 million for live ferrets used in experiments.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!