Ecology Defense

6 Dec 2001
Frontline: 30 Beagles, 10 Ferrets Rescued from Marshall Farms, HLS Breeder (NY, USA)

Frontline Information Service - Update 12/06/01

30 Beagles, 10 Ferrets Rescued from Marshall Farms
Lab breeder subject of numerous USDA violations

December 06, 2001

North American A.L.F. Press Office
Contact: David Barbarash, 250-703-6312

North Rose, NY - On the evening of Dec. 05 the underground Animal Liberation Front raided Marshall Farms in upstate New York, rescuing 30 dogs and 10 ferrets. The ALF released a Communique early this morning taking responsibility for the action, stating they had outsmarted "constant security patrols ... scaled the electrified fence" and had broken through one of the 50 animal shed doors to effect the rescue operation.

Marshall Farms is a breeder of beagles and ferrets for animal research laboratories across the U.S., most notably Huntingdon Life Sciences, which have been a major focus of animal rights activists for the past several years. In April of this year anonymous activists raided HLS labs in East Millstone, NJ and rescued 14 beagles, beagles likely to have been bought from Marshall Farms.

Marshall Farms have been cited for numerous USDA and federal Animal Welfare Act violations over the past several years, including not meeting bare minimum requirements, failure to provide dogs with proper veterinary care, inadequate cleanliness and surgical procedures, violations of transport regulations, improper sanitation, and inadequate space.

"It's clear from its deplorable record that Marshall Farms has a complete disregard for the lives of the animals it breeds for vivisection," states David Barbarash, ALF spokesperson. "Besides the obvious - that one cannot care for the lives of animals if one breeds and sells them to a life of torture and misery - this particular breeder is an example of the worst of the human species."

Although Marshall Farms has been cited for numerous gross violations of USDA and animal welfare standards, these were likely not factors in the ALF activists' decision to raid this facility. The ALF is an abolitionist organization which believes that animals should not be bred and sold to research for a life of pain and suffering, regardless of the care and standards kept by the breeders.

The Animal Liberation Front is an underground movement of compassionate people who rescue animals from breeders, laboratories, fur farms, and other places of abuse and provide them with safe homes or release the animals into the wild when appropriate. All members of the ALF remain anonymous so as to continue their work without interference from law enforcement. The ALF is non-violent and has never injured or killed any person or animal in the course of their actions.

The full text of the Marshall Farm action Communique follows:

-----begin Communique-----

On the evening of December 5th, we visited Marshall Farms in upstate NY, liberating 30 beagle puppies and 10 ferrets. After outsmarting constant security patrols, we scaled the electrified fence, breaking through the door of one of the approximately 50 sheds of animals. Inside, we found hundreds of beagle puppies waiting to be shipped to vivisection labs, transferred from one small cage to another, destined to be killed. Before the next security patrol, we packed up 30 puppies and 10 ferrets and stole away into the night with them, taking them away from their hellish life, and giving them a life filled with freedom and joy.

As a breeder for Huntingdon Life Sciences, Marshall Farms would have ensured that these animals had a tortured, painful life suffering in labs. Beagles are routinely poisoned to death and abused at the hands of callous workers at HLS. Workers have been caught punching beagle puppies in the face, shaking them and throwing them against walls, and dissecting living animals for "research data" that even technicians admit is faulty. These 40 animals will never have to endure such brutal conditions.

This action is dedicated to Barry Horne, whose life's work brought attention to the suffering of animals in laboratories everywhere, and whose actions inspired people who care about animals to act on their behalf, even if it means risking your freedom for theirs.

Let this action serve as a warning to all who aid Huntingdon Life Sciences in killing 500 innocent victims every day that you cannot hide from justice.


-----end Communique-----

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