USDA Cites International Breeding Plant Under Contract With NIH Over Dozens Of Animal Welfare Law Violations

Federal investigation into Envigo underway after PETA exposed systemic food deprivation, dead and dying Beagle puppies reared for experiments

For immediate release:
November 15, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Cumberland, Virginia. – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released three damning inspection reports citing Envigo, a Virginia-based international dog breeder and laboratory supplier, for 26 violations of federal human protection law. animals. This federal inspection took place in July, when PETA has just published secret investigation was in progress. Another multi-day inspection took place this month, the conclusions of which are not yet available.

According to the July reports, federal veterinarians discovered that 15 dogs had been denied treatment for “serious dental disease”, injuries, yellow discharge around the eyes, and the like. ; a “depressed” puppy covered in feces in a garbage can; 13 dogs were starved for 42 hours while nursing 78 puppies; hundreds of dogs and puppies confined to rooms where temperatures reached 92.3 degrees; a dog stuck by its foot in the floor of a kennel and the puppies’ paws protruding from the floor; more than 450 dogs deprived of adequate space; an “irresistible smell of ammonia and feces”; insects in dog food; “generalized” maintenance problems; and more. Envigo’s own records allegedly showed that over 300 puppy deaths were attributed to unknown causes, that 24 dogs and puppies were “missing”, and that three dogs had been killed in fighting and 71 dogs had been injured by dogs in adjacent kennels. The facility reportedly “refused to provide full copies” of study records for 16 animals used in the experiments to federal inspectors.

In October, the USDA opened an investigation into Envigo after PETA reported to the government that its investigator saw and filmed workers without veterinary degrees injecting euthanasia drugs directly into the hearts of puppies without sedation, causing them immense pain; intentionally depriving nursing bitches of food for up to two days; and leaving dogs soaked to the skin from the water sprayed through high pressure hoses. A facility supervisor was caught on camera describing the USDA inspectors’ concerns as “a fucking game you have to play to… keep them satisfied, because of the **** bull they can make happen.”

“These inspection reports clearly show that Envigo did not provide these beagles with the basic care and veterinary care necessary to prevent and alleviate psychological and physical suffering,” said Daphna Nachminovich, senior vice president of investigations. on the cruelty of PETA. “It’s time for the company to do the right thing by exiting the animal trade. “

Since September 2020, the National Institutes of Health, previously criticized for funding cruel experiments on dogs, awarded Envigo three contracts. According to published articles, Envigo dogs have also been tested at the United States Food and Drug Administration, Temple University, South Carolina Medical University, University of Missouri and Level Biotechnology in Taiwan, among others. Photos and video footage from PETA’s investigation are available through WeTransfer here and here. Nachminovich’s video statements are available via WeTransfer here.

PETA – whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment” – opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview of man. For more information on PETA’s intelligence gathering and investigative reporting, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where Instagram.