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Historic $35 million fine announced against company that surrendered 4,000 beagles

The Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced the largest ever fine under the Animal Welfare Act, totaling more than $35 million in criminal fines, donations and costs to upgrade their operations, to be paid by a company that surrendered 4,000 beagles of one dog. breeding facility in Virginia in 2022. In 2022, the DOJ secured the surrender of more than 4,000 dogs from a facility that bred and sold animals for research, saying the operators failed to meet minimum standards for humane treatment of the animals. “Envigo has compounded the heartbreaking nature of its animal welfare crimes by committing egregious violations of the Clean Water Act that undermined the public health and welfare of the animals in their care,” said David M. Uhlmann, Assistant Administrator from EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. in a statement.

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