Research Breeding Facility: Ruby Fur Farm

In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund asked the USDA to revoke Ruby Fur Farm’s license, issue the maximum penalty allowable against the breeding facility for its violations, and stop purchasing animals from the facility for use in USDA research.

Updated

July 13, 2018

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Regulation

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Active

Letters have been sent to USDA and OIG

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Ruby Fur Farm is an Iowa facility that breeds ferrets, skunks, raccoons, and foxes to sell as research test subjects and “unique” pets. The business has a long history of disregarding the minimal care that the federal Animal Welfare Act requires. In two years alone, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors filed 14 negative inspection reports against Ruby Fur Farm.

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The USDA has also spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to buy these animals for use in the agency’s research facilities.

In 2018, the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted two letters, one to the USDA urging it to revoke the farm’s license, and one to the USDA’s Office of Inspector General requesting that it immediately investigate the USDA’s contracts with the farm in light of the its serious Animal Welfare Act violations.

We also asked supporters to join by sending their own letters to the USDA, urging the agency to revoke Ruby Fur Farm’s license, issue the maximum penalty allowable against the breeding facility for its violations, and end all procurement contracts.

 

Urge the USDA to Shut Down Cruel Breeding Facility

Ruby Fur Farm breeds animals to sell as research test subjects and “unique” pets. In the past two years alone, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors filed 14 negative inspection reports against Ruby Fur Farm.

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