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.
- 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.
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.
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