Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave. Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Please contact Dr. Robert Gibbens to demand a major fine against Pi Bioscientific for the negligence which denied veterinary care to goats and sheep and forced them to live in filthy conditions. Their utter disregard for the animals and the Animal Welfare Act CANNOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Goats, sheep used for research lived in
filth in Redmond, inspector reports
By JoNel Aleccia, SeattleTimes.com, April 5, 2016
A federal inspection report for the Seattle firm Pi Bioscientific Inc. found dozens of goats and sheep used for medical research were kept in dirty, unsafe conditions, drawing ire from an animal-rights group.
Dozens of goats and sheep used by a Seattle medical research firm backed
by a prominent food-safety expert were found in dirty, dilapidated
conditions that endangered the animals’ welfare, a federal inspection found.
Many of the 42 goats and four sheep kept at a Redmond farm by Pi Bioscientific Inc., also known as Pi Biologique, suffered from “numerous medical ailments and severe health issues,” according to a March 3 report by the U.S. Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS).
“Lack of adequate staffing, equipment and facilities has adversely
affected the care and well-being of the animals, prevented proper
biosecurity and has led to the severe discomfort and pain and suffering in
these animals,” veterinarian Diane Forbes found.
The animals had little protection from weather and there was no way to remove manure, the report noted.
In addition, staff members couldn’t account for 18 goats and one sheep
that apparently went missing since a 2014 inventory that found there were 60
goats and five sheep on the premises.
Mansour Samadpour, the director of IEH Laboratories in Seattle — the firm hired by companies including Chipotle and Costco to improve their food-safety practices — said Tuesday he is a shareholder in Pi Bioscientific and the problems have been corrected.
“We had no idea this was happening,” Samadpour said, adding that staff who had been hired to care for the animals on the farm weren’t doing their jobs properly.
The animals are used for antibody testing for medical research, Samadpour said. Pi Biologique distributes test kits for common food allergies, according to a company website.
The issue was raised by the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now! or SAEN, which monitors care of research animals. SAEN filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees APHIS, seeking fines of $10,000 per animal from Pi Bioscientific.
All of the documented problems were due to be corrected no later than April 8, the report indicated.
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