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Bio Corp faces 25 counts of animal cruelty following undercover PETA video

AL EDENLOFF: ‘Bio Corporation, an Alexandria company that provides specimens for dissection in classrooms, was charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty after a hidden-camera video was produced by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The misdemeanor charges, filed by the Alexandria City Attorney’s Office on Dec. 29, accuse the company of drowning five pigeons and injecting 20 live crayfish with latex dye in order to kill them.

Under state law, it’s a crime to “willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal or animals.” PETA wanted to investigate how animal specimens are prepared and it focused on Bio Corp. when a job opened up there. A PETA activist landed the job and shot the video. Each of the 25 charges is punishable by up to 90 days behind bars and a fine of up to $1,000…

In a news release, PETA said the criminal charges “send a strong message to the cruel, secretive animal-dissection industry that it’s not above the law,” according to its senior vice president of cruelty investigations, Daphna Nachminovitch. “The only sure way for caring educators and students to guarantee that they’re not supporting cruelty is by opting for superior virtual-dissection methods,” she said’. SOURCE…

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