Sunday, March 30, 2008

Marshall Farms Ferret Secrets


Did you know....

The Marshall family makes a killing breeding animals doomed to a life of hideous torture.

Gilman and Ina Marshall began Marshall Farms (based in North Rose, N.Y.) 60 years ago, breeding and selling ferrets for pets. Today, Marshall Farms sells its own line of pet products. They are a major supplier of animals, breeding tens of thousands of beagles and ferrets every year for use in hideous experiments for which there are humane alternatives. Marshall Farms also owns Butler Farms of Clyde, N.Y., where it breeds mongrel and hound dogs to sell to laboratories.

Lab Animal magazine - "All Marshall animals are raised in elevated, indoor pens that simulate the laboratory environment…"; "[b]y tracking all important characteristics and genetic information, and then weeding out undesirable stock, Marshall Farms can supply beagles ideal for research."

Life at Marshall Farms

Marshall Farms’ beagles and ferrets are born in small, elevated wire enclosures – the same types of wire enclosures they will be confined to for their entire lives.

These beagles have lived out their entire existence in tiny wire cages, confused and frightened.

Breeding females are kept at this facility for their entire reproductive lives. They produce litter upon litter until their exhausted bodies wear out and then they are killed.

Violations cited:
  • Inadequate Veterinary Care
  • Transport Violations
  • Improper Sanitation
  • Inadequate Space

Complaints Filed Against Marshall Farms

Two complaints have been filed with the New York State Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline. The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR) and PETA filed these complaints. They were filed because Marshall Farms uses nonveterinarians to perform surgeries on thousands of ferrets each year despite the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA's) condemnation of such practices.

Environmental Concerns:

According to neighbors of Marshall Farms, the facility generates foul odors and loud barking that can travel for miles, depending on weather conditions. Waste and feces wash into the surrounding bodies of water during rains, intensifying the stench and threatening wildlife habitats. Neighbors have also complained about the facility’s disregard for local and state laws.

One neighbor informed PETA that she was once horrified at the site of a pile of dog and puppy carcasses in a rotting heap on Marshall Farms’ property.


What's the deal with Marshall Farms?

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Marshall Farms - Wikipedia

Friday, March 21, 2008




Remember to keep your ferrets out of the Easter basket and away from candy, including chocolate and caffeine. Candy can be harmful to pets, and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets. Note: Raisins and grapes have recently been found to be toxic to pets.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ferrets sold at Petco

I want them to quit selling ferrets!

PETCO and PetSmart to Keep Contract With Rainbow World Exotics Despite Evidence of Gross Neglect, Suffering of Birds, Rabbits

NORFOLK, Va. -- Following lengthy negotiations with PETA, PETCO--the nation's second-largest pet store chain--will reduce the number of animals for sale in its stores nationwide by 30 percent. The company also will revamp its live-animal vendor certification standards to improve conditions at all of its pet suppliers, starting with Rainbow World Exotics (RWE) in Hamilton, Texas, where a PETA investigation uncovered abuse and neglect of birds and other animals

"PETCO to Slash Number of Animals for Sale by 30 Percent After PETA Expose of Shocking Conditions at Animal-Breeding Mill" The Free Library 22 February 2008. 20 March 2008 Link

Undercover Investigation Uncovers Horrors at PetSmart and PETCO Supplier's Breeding Mill

Video footage obtained in a new PETA undercover investigation reveals horrific nightmare conditions for small animals and birds bred and brokered by a major supplier to PetSmart.

Take Action on This Issue: Complete the form to urge PetSmart to cut ties with Rainbow World Exotics and to stop selling all live animals.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ferret found in dumpster, left for dead

Another ferret found in a dumpster. My reaction - I'm angry - I don't understand how someone can just throw a living animal in the trash?

Furry guest at Humane Society finds a home

Lily the ferret has had her share of misfortune. She has had two broken legs, one of which is still on the mend.

According to the family that brought her in to the Chilton County Humane Society last Tuesday, she was found in a dumpster left for dead.

"She was nearly dead, dehydrated, and ate up with fleas," said Shelter Manager Jennette Creel.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tips for Finding the Best Ferret Toys: Online Guide to Ferret Care : Digging Toys for Your Pet Ferret: Online Guide to Ferret C

My Little Boy ferret love to dig. He tries to dig on just about everything.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Free Ferret Magazine

Ferret Magazine is going digital in April.