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From: Randie
Date: 2011-09-06 07:15:42 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ferrets with Exploding Eyeballs?
To: FHL <>, FML <>

If you're on the FML, you probably read the posts regarding
PETA's undercover investigation of Triple F Farms. Some things
on PETA's investigator's notes don't make sense to me.

1. They claim that the ferrets eyes were so infected that it
looked like they'd exploded. Is this even possible?
2. According to the notes, the ferrets were altered and
descented with the same dull razor blade. If the blade was
indeed dull, how could it have been used to perform surgery after
surgery? It was also said that the blade was handleless. If that
were true, wouldn't the "surgeons" constantly be cutting
themselves? The investigator claimed that vets weren't used to
perform surgical procedures, that they were always done by lay
persons. I'm certain that this is illegal.
3. The temperature was purported to be 99DGF, on PETA's website,
while the Associated Press article cited the temperature as 110
degrees fahrenheit. In either case, wouldn't all of the 6000
ferrets be dead of heatstroke by now?

For PETA's investigator's notes, see:

For the Associated Press article, see:

[There were two reports - that of the investigator and that of the veterinarian who viewed the videotapes - please don't conflate the two, it causes confusion and leads to misinformation.

"Looked as if" is not the same as actually is. In fact, there are a number of diseases of the eyes that can cause the eyeball to rupture. And certainly any kind of puncture wound could do that, and a severe enough infection could feasibly do that as well. Abscesses do rupture, an abscess in the eye could have ruptured.

It is common practice for large scale ferret farms to use technicians or trained individuals to perform those procedures. I would hope that they are overseen by a vet, however, the people performing the procedures are not veterinarians themselves.

It is perfectly possible that a dull razor blade was used over and over again. As long as it cuts through tissue it can be used. Razor blades for shaving are not thrown away the first time they are used. The issue is that it should not have been used for obvious health and ethical reasons.

There are 10 barns, and I believe the report/s stated that there were areas where the ambiant temperatures were high. And I suspect the ferrets in those areas may not have survived.

Sometimes we hear about things that are so horrific the mind has difficulty accepting the reality. - Moderator (TD)]


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