In a consent decree entered on July 15 by the U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Virginia, Envigo RMS, an organization that breeds and sells animals for analysis, has agreed to a everlasting prohibition on participating in any exercise at its facility in Cumberland, Virginia, that requires an Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license. Envigo RMS has additionally agreed to relinquish all remaining beagles on the Cumberland facility to the Humane Society of the US (HSUS).
In Could, the US filed go well with towards Envigo RMS, alleging that the corporate was failing to supply humane care and therapy to the hundreds of beagles on the firm’s Cumberland facility. Particularly, the grievance alleged that Envigo RMS was failing to satisfy the AWA’s minimal requirements for dealing with, housing, feeding, watering, sanitation and sufficient veterinary care, amongst different necessities. Based mostly on previous violations recognized throughout inspections by the Division of Agriculture and proof of intensive, ongoing AWA violations obtained throughout a multiday prison search warrant executed on the Cumberland facility starting on Could 18, the Justice Division moved for a short lived restraining order that the federal courtroom granted on Could 21 to make sure the well being and welfare of the beagles on the Cumberland facility.
The Justice Division labored with the HSUS to develop a plan to switch the 4,000 remaining beagles from the Cumberland facility and make these beagles out there for adoption. The switch plan, which was collectively submitted by the Justice Division and Envigo RMS, was permitted by the District Courtroom on July 5. Underneath the switch plan, the HSUS will coordinate the large effort to take away the entire beagles from the Cumberland facility over the course of 60 days.
“This settlement brings to an finish the pointless struggling attributable to Envigo’s blatant violations of animal welfare legal guidelines at this facility,” stated Assistant Legal professional Basic Todd Kim of the Justice Division’s Atmosphere and Pure Assets Division (ENRD). “We are going to proceed to vigorously implement animal welfare legal guidelines to make sure that animals are offered the humane care that they’re legally owed and deserve.”
“As a result of efforts of Atmosphere and Pure Assets Division and the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, greater than 4,000 animals have been rescued from dire circumstances, and we are going to proceed to carry accountable those that are accountable,” stated U.S. Legal professional Christopher R. Kavanaugh for the Western District of Virginia. “I’m grateful to all those that assisted with this case, particularly those that are guaranteeing that these animals obtain the care they deserve.”
This settlement is the results of prosecution by Senior Trial Legal professional Mary Hollingsworth and Trial Legal professional Shampa Panda of ENRD’s Wildlife and Marine Assets Part, and First Assistant U.S. Legal professional Anthony Giorno for the Western District of Virginia.