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Company Abusing and Neglecting Goats While Selling Their Blood

Company Abusing and Neglecting Goats While Selling Their Blood

Here’s a fresh hell for animals: a company keeps 10,000 goats and 5,000 rabbits in terrible conditions to harvest their blood and sell the antibodies in it. The animals develop the desired antibodies after the facility exposes them to various diseases.

Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SC Biotech) makes its profits by bleeding these animals all but dry and selling the antibodies to researchers. But like the fairy tale goose who laid golden eggs, it kills its income earners with neglect and abuse.

The business model is reminiscent of the movie “The Matrix,” in which [SPOILER ALERT] human bodies are used as batteries. But at least in the matrix humans are unaware of their condition and believed they were living regular lives. SC Biotech’s living property knows exactly what is going on and feels all the injuries and ailments that the company refuses to treat.

The federal government inspected the company many times over the years and found violations of the Animal Welfare Act on every visit, but did little to ameliorate the situation. Recently even the government couldn’t take it anymore. In July 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) arm filed a complaint against SC Biotech over its treatment of its animals. APHIS argues that the company violated the Animal Welfare Act, but the only remedies it requests are financial penalties and that the company stop violating the statute. APHIS does not ask for the confiscation of SC Biotech’s animals or for an order forbidding it and its top officials  from owning animals again.



The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) followed up with its own lawsuit in California state court, arguing that SC Biotech violated California’s anti-cruelty law and its unfair competition law. ALDF’s complaint listed some of the more common cruelty violations that APHIS had found during its inspections:

  • maintaining inadequate medical records for unhealthy animals;
  • overdrawing blood from animals;
  • harvesting blood from unhealthy animals;
  • inadequately monitoring the health of animals under its care and custody; and
  • providing improper medical treatment to unhealthy animals.

ALDF’s legal complaint describes some of the violations SC Biotech committed against individual animals:

  • “In February 2011, SC Biotech harvested blood from two goats who were contemporaneously receiving veterinary treatment for anemia.”
  • A veterinarian recommended euthanasia for a goat suffering from three tumors, one of which was as large as a baseball. Instead SC Biotech kept the goat alive so it could determine whether the animal still had useful antibodies it could siphon out.
  • The company did nothing to ameliorate the pain of a goat who had been attacked by a coyote and was visibly suffering.
  • After a goat’s cast fell off her broken leg, it took three days before someone put on a new cast. The veterinarian involved said her work load was too high and she couldn’t care for all of the company’s animals.
  • The company did not get a diagnosis or treatment for a goat sick with bronchopneumonia. Had she received a diagnosis and treatment earlier she could have recovered. Instead she died a painful death.

The court will hear oral argument on a motion that could kill ALDF’s case on April 23rd. The lawsuit is the first ever under California’s anti-cruelty law against a research-related facility.

Pro-animal lawyers are bringing other creative lawsuits on behalf of suffering creatures. For instance, the Humane Society of the United States has taken aim at Perdue for labeling its chicken “humanely raised.” Perdue’s defense: consumers should know enough about factory farming that they should not expect chicken to be humanely raised, whatever the packaging says.

Wow. Well, at least they know that they are sadistic bastards. Admitting it is the first step, right?


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6:02AM PDT on May 22, 2014

No more animal cruelty!!!!!!

11:15PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Hi Manel I am in full agreement with your comment.The problem is that people are murdering animals to eat meat,and most politicians are meat eaters(animal murderers)so they can not see too much wrong with this treatment.If every body was a vegan this could not happen.

2:07PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Such cruelty taking place under the noses of Government authorities and why cannot them do something to stop this massive abuse of innocent animals. May be it is time to suck the blood out of the ones who abuses these poor animals. People need to know who they are??? Publish the names and the locations of these evil humans. So the world will know.

7:55AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:19PM PDT on May 13, 2013

H Debbie,
Santa Cruze and using animals has to stop.They should inject their employees with what they inject into the goats and suck their blood out so that they know how it feels..

12:20AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SC Biotech) needs new employees who have some compassion for the animals to work there!

8:50PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Hi Anne,
God and Mother Nature bless you for your kindness to animals.People that are kind to people but not to animals are pretenders.
Best Regards

9:44AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Even after 20 years as an animal activist, I can still be horrified anew by the terrible and insane cruelty committed by humans against innocent animals. It is beyond comprehension. Today and every day, I recommit my life to fighting against these terrible atrocities.

2:58AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Gary, I just noticed your comment to Lynda where you disclaimed her statements regarding the complaints made........where she said she'd checked them all out and they were almost (she didn't say ALL, she said ALMOST) all administrative. Unless you have had goats, and are knowledgeable about them, maybe you are not aware of what healthy goats should look like, their habits and behavior. Even very healthy goats are quite "ribby" and backbones, hipbones are usually very prominent. They shouldn't be plump like beef cows or pigs. They also are very mobile and nosey creatures who get into everything, often getting "stuck". Why would a feeder outside in the climate there be an issue in the first place, and feces are usually a very normal thing where goats are involved. I've had goats and they "poop" everywhere, including what they are eating and eating IN. They tend to "go" constantly and everywhere. They are not like cats that will go to a litter box or dogs which bark to go outside or use paper.

7:24PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

"all the employees of Santa Cruze that knew what cruelty was being dished out to those beautiful goats.The goats and all the animals are our children.Santa Cruze are some sort of monsters that need to be locked up and the key thrown away"

I'd add to that. Anyone, worldwide, involved in the slaughter industry, hunting industry, biotech industry, chemical pesticide and GMO and agribusiness industry are criminals and monsters that need to be locked up and the key thrown away.

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