Animal welfare group calls on USDA to fine Purina for accidental death of a cat
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
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Please LEVY a MAXIMUM FINE against Nestle-Purina for their blatant disregard of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when their negligence boiled a cat alive. This behavior must NOT be tolerated and MUST be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Animal welfare group calls on USDA to fine Purina for accidental death of a cat
By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 6, 2017

An animal-welfare organization said Wednesday that it had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling on the federal agency to fine Nestlé Purina PetCare for accidentally killing a cat at one of the company’s Missouri facilities.

The Ohio-based group SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) is calling for the maximum penalty of $10,000 for the death in January of Tyson, a dark gray cat that was left in a dark gray sanitizing cage washer, according to an inspection report by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“Any USDA penalty cannot possibly be adequate,” SAEN’s co-founder Michael Budkie said in a statement. “They can’t bring this cat back to life, or erase the horror of Tyson’s death.”

The August report was made after St. Louis-based Purina self-reported the accident.

Tyson was part of a feeding study in which the company tests pet foods’ palatability and digestibility.

After the incident, Purina employees received retraining and the company’s written procedures were modified so the accident could not be repeated, according to the USDA.

“We are deeply saddened that this unfortunate accident occurred,” Purina said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are pet owners too and we care for all our pets. Their welfare is our top priority.”

Purina said it had full confidence in its associates, processes and training programs and said the company had gone more than 10 years without a citation.

“Immediately following this accident, we quickly changed our procedures to eliminate the potential for this type of accident to happen again,” Purina’s statement said.

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