SAEN LogoWatchdog Calls for Federal Agency to Sever Business Ties to Iowa's Embattled Ruby Fur Farm
Press Release - From SAEN Stop Animal Exploitation Now


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-703-9865 (cell) [email protected]

Watchdog Calls for Federal Agency to Sever Business Ties to Iowa's Embattled Ruby Fur Farm

DES MOINES/IOWA CITY, IA A national watchdog group is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture immediately terminate all business connections with Ruby Fur Farm, an Iowa facility that was recently the subject of nationwide news reports about the fur farm's violations of federal law, coincidentally documented by the USDA in an inspection.

Ohio-based national watchdog Stop Animal Exploitation NOW cited the following citations taken from USDA reports as reasons quoting from official government reports why the USDA should not working with Ruby Fur Farm:

"....One dead, decomposing, headless juvenile ferret was found incorporated into the fecal material buildup on the wire floor in the corner of the cage. One live adult and six juvenile ferrets are in this enclosure."

".....Under several enclosures containing raccoons, there are numerous live maggots present in the piles of excreta..".

"...Raccoon Building has a high ambient temperature and humidity... temperature as taken by the Kestrel at the beginning of the inspection upon first entering the building is 93.5 degrees F with a heat index 100.7"

SAEN noted that, in a roughly two year period, Ruby Fur Farm was cited by the USDA for more than 40 violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

However, added SAEN, it has become clear that Ruby Fur Farm is a vendor which supplies animals to the USDA for use in experimentation. Data on the contracts found at:

"I would like to know why APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, under the USDA) has been doing business with one of the worst Animal Welfare Act offenders in recent years," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., co-founder of SAEN in a letter to Kevin Shea, an APHIS administrator. "

"Why is APHIS making it possible for this facility to continue to abuse animals?" asked Budkie.

SAEN noted that it is considered to be highly ironic that USDA/APHIS has had multiple agreements with Ruby Fur Farm as an animal vendor, because APHIS is the part of the USDA charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act the very law so frequently violated by Ruby Fur Farm.

"The relationship between Ruby Fur Farm and USDA/APHIS is a clear conflict of interest," added Budkie. "It is time for the USDA to stop financially supporting animal abusers."

SAEN's letter to the USDA is available upon request.

SAEN has previously called for government regulators to fine Ruby Fur Farm the maximum $10,000 per infraction/per animal, which could lead to a fine in excess of $1 million.


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