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