Posted: Sept. 9, 2011, 2:35 p.m., EDT
EDITORS' NOTE: USDA has launched an investigation into Triple F Farms. To read an update to this story, click here.
Ferret breeder Triple F Farms of Sayre, Pa., denied allegations made by animals rights group PETA that the company fatally neglected and abused ferrets at its facilities.
Triple F Farms owner, president and CEO Jack Fallenstein released the following statement:
The PETA video is grossly exaggerated and in many instances, patently untrue. We at Triple F Farms are committed to providing our customers with healthy ferrets and abusing, mishandling or in any other way neglecting these animals would do nothing to help us meet that mission. In 26 years in business, we have never had a major complaint filed against us by the USDA or any other oversight agency. As no further complaints or criminal charges have been filed against us, we are led to believe that PETA is simply using our business to promote its radical campaign of animal liberation.
|Triple F Farms denies accusations made by PETA that it neglected and abused its ferrets.|
The statement references a three-minute video shot by an undercover PETA investigator working at the facility that includes graphic depictions PETA claims demonstrate cruelty.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture performed an inspection of the Triple F Farms facilities on Aug. 29, just as it would when any individual or group filed a complaint, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspections Services spokesman David Sacks. Triple F Farms has three weeks from the time of the inspection, until Sept. 19, to appeal any adverse findings in the inspection report. The report is not available to the public until the end of that period.
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