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November 30, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Kirkwood, Pa. – After PETA notified the Pennsylvania State Police that federal officers had discovered guinea pigs useless, denied veterinary care, and attacked by different severely careworn animals at David and Malinda King’s native guinea pig–breeding operation, police went to the Kings’ Lancaster County property and yesterday charged Malinda with three counts of cruelty to animals and 7 counts of animal neglect.
In July, a U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) inspection of the Kings’ property discovered useless child guinea pigs, a dying guinea pig whose leg had been chewed to the bone, filthy enclosures, and guinea pigs denied entry to water. In August, inspectors discovered extra useless guinea pigs in addition to others denied veterinary take care of rampant pores and skin points, together with open, draining lesions. The Kings—who’ve been cited for greater than 50 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act since 2019—then relinquished their USDA license. When troopers appearing on PETA’s tip visited the property later that month, they discovered much more useless guinea pigs in addition to animals denied entry to wash water—in order that they ordered the Kings to take away all guinea pigs from the property. The couple now not possesses any guinea pigs.
“Weak guinea pigs had been left struggling with out veterinary care and died at this breeding hellhole,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “This abject neglect warrants a lifelong ban on possessing animals, and it’s why PETA urges everybody by no means to purchase animals from pet shops or breeders and to undertake from shelters as a substitute.”
PETA has launched the outcomes of greater than a dozen investigations into the pet commerce, and each has uncovered routine neglect and different cruelty, together with hamsters, gerbils, rats, and different small animals confined to crowded bins or cages in filthy, windowless warehouses, with out entry to wash water; small animals screaming whereas being gassed to dying; and rats frozen alive.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.