Feds Fail Beagles Trapped at Envigo—Congress Speaks Out

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A laboratory-supplying beagle-breeding factory farm—it was the PETA undercover investigation heard around the world. The shockwaves reached Congress, and now Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and six other representatives are speaking out for thousands of beagles suffering at the massive facility operated by Envigo in Cumberland, Virginia, that breeds dogs for experimentation. The legislators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) urging the agency to fulfil its legal obligations by confiscating the dogs at Envigo or suspending the facility’s license over its critical, direct, and repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Reps. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Elaine G. Luria (D-Va.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) also signed the letter. A PETA undercover investigation into the massive Envigo-owned breeding factory found 5,000 beagle dogs and puppies intensively confined to small, barren kennels and cages 24/7. “[A] PETA investigator who worked at Envigo for seven months recorded workers with no veterinary credentials injecting euthanasia drugs directly into puppies’ hearts without sedation, causing them immense pain; intentionally depriving nursing mother dogs of food for up to two days, including after the aforementioned warning by the USDA to cease this cruel practice; and leaving dogs soaked and shivering from water sprayed via high-pressure hoses,” Rep. Titus and the others point out in their letter.

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