Envigo’s Beagle Breeding Facility Must Be Permanently Closed – The Virginian-Pilot

Regarding “Feds Sue Operator of Virginia Dog Breeding Facility, Seize Beagles” (May 20): I have spent months helping to collect and compile evidence of the abuse the animals were victims at the Envigo beagle breeding facility in Cumberland County. As a member of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals investigative team, I have watched countless hours of footage showing how these animals were suffering even before they were sold to labs. And I can’t help but hope that the US Department of Justice’s seizure of at least 145 dogs and its lawsuit against the company is just the beginning.

A PETA eyewitness documented more than 350 dead puppies among their littermates. The puppies had been crushed in the cramped cages or had fallen into the manure-filled drains. Some were gutted. Others have died of hydrocephalus, in which fluid builds up inside the skull. Lay workers “diagnosed” and performed gross surgeries on dogs and injected euthanasia drugs directly into the hearts of puppies without sedation, causing them immense pain. And the list of acts of abuse goes on and on.

Everyone who helped expose Envigo hopes to see the remaining dogs removed and this horrible place shut down. And because we have witnessed that cruelty to animals used for experimentation is not the exception but rather the rule, we will continue to work for the acceptance of advanced, effective, non-animal methods of experimentation.

Daniel Paden; Vice President of Evidence Analysis, PETA; Norfolk

Re “Deaths” (Your Views, May 23). My family in Philadelphia knew Ben Franklin. Franklin was their friend. Franklin did not invent electricity or discover electricity. In Franklin’s time, abortion was legal in most parts of the United States, and remained so until the mid-1800s.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unlimited access to some of our nation’s best historical resources in his position on our nation’s highest court. It is apparent from his stated position that he believes women in the United States have no history of legal access to abortion, which is not accurate. It’s sad when the Supreme Court uses disinformation to inform its judicial activism undermining the rights of our citizens, very sad.

David West, Newport News



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Re “Address guns” (Your Views, May 24): In response to Mark Lottinville’s recent letter claiming, “The Second Amendment is killing us,” I would simply like to point out the following.

According to a 2017 NBC News article, more than 1.5 million Americans had been killed by gun violence since 1968. The story pointed out that at the time of the report’s publication, the number of people who had died in all American wars up to this date at this time, 1.2 million servicemen have been killed.

On the other hand, abortion has killed over 60 million unborn children since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973. If the Second Amendment is, as you say, “killing us,” then you have to agree that abortion-on-demand is exterminating our own future.

Jimmy Frost, Virginia Beach

I fear that we are only beginning to feel the ill effects of the policies of this administration and this Congress. Things are going to get much, much, much worse. You can’t flood the economy with trillions of freshly minted dollars and not expect dollar dilution. You cannot cripple energy production and not expect shortages. You can’t open up the entire southern border and invite illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human trafficking without expecting to strain communities and support services.

They dug a hole so deep they can’t get out, and they keep digging. Hopefully we can get some sensible people in Congress who will at least stop the bleeding. Good luck to everyone.

Sam Jackson, Newport News