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RESCUE: PETA Saves Chinchillas From Fur Farm

Have you ever seen a chinchilla in a pet store?
Or seen the word “chinchilla” on the label of a fur coat?

Here’s where chinchillas often come from:

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Chinchillas naturally live in herds of up to 100 animals, but most of the chinchillas at Valley View were confined alone and kept isolated.

A lone chinchilla, identified only as f56-c335, presses against the metal bars of a cage.

A lone chinchilla, identified only as f56-c335, presses against the metal bars of a cage.

Virtually barren steel cages, isolation, lack of veterinary care, and painful medical procedures, including limb amputations performed without pain relief, were the reality for hundreds of chinchillas at Valley View Chinchilla Ranch.

In 2014, a PETA investigator visited Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, a California-based breeding facility and fur farm. The facility masqueraded as a breeder of “pets,” despite slaughtering, skinning, and selling the pelts of any chinchillas who supposedly did not “work out” as companions.

Chinchillas who didn't "work out" as companions were slaughtered with a crude and painful electrocution method that has been deemed "unacceptable" by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Chinchillas who didn’t “work out” as companions were slaughtered with a crude and painful electrocution method that has been deemed “unacceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

420 chinchillas—who were slated to be slaughtered so that their fur could be turned into hats, scarves, coats, and blankets—have been rescued and will soon be put up for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

Treated Like Objects, Not Animals

The farm owner admitted that it didn’t matter to her if chinchillas died, stating, “I usually have so many animals that if I lose one, it’s not a catastrophe.”

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Chinchillas are active animals who love to climb, burrow, and play. Valley View Chinchilla Ranch confined hundreds of the animals to tiny, virtually barren metal cages.

She planned to slaughter and skin all the remaining chinchillas for their fur if the business didn’t sell.

Without PETA’s intervention, these chinchillas could have faced slaughter via a cruel method of electrocution that leaves animals fully conscious as they experience all the pain of a heart attack.

 

Rescued

With funding from Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, PETA was able to close down this facility—previously one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California—for good. In addition to 420 chinchillas, PETA removed an archaic electrocution device, pelting equipment, and hundreds of tiny steel cages, ensuring that this factory farm will never again breed, sell, or slaughter chinchillas for their fur!

A rescued chinchilla peers out of a transport cage after being removed from Valley View.

A rescued chinchilla peers out of a transport cage after being removed from Valley View.

The rescued chinchillas have been transported to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where they will finally have the opportunity to experience companionship and be given veterinary care, proper shelter, and room to run, climb, play, and burrow. The animals will be available for adoption soon.

What YOU Can Do

Don’t let your money fund this cruel industry. NEVER buy fur or fur trim, and never purchase any animal from a pet store or breeder.

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  • Profile photo of darlenebaneky

    179 days ago

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    that’s disgusting and so are the ones running that farm. thank goodness they were taken out of there!

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    277 days ago

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    Faith in humanity restored

  • Profile photo of paakhi13

    310 days ago

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    It’s hard to imagine how something so cute can be treated so badly.

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    320 days ago

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    How do you change your profile picture?

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    332 days ago

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    poor babies :( who would do such a thing

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    339 days ago

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    I absolutely adore chinchillas, and im so grateful that they were rescued! Beautiful video!

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    342 days ago

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    Beautiful video!

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    344 days ago

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    This is probably the best story I have yet to hear! As an animal lover who lives in SD, I visited this farm, and I was horrified. I have hated this ranch for years. I’m so ecstatic that these chins can finally get the life they deserve!