“I’ve got a raccoon. Want to give me your number?”
From across the parking lot of a convenience store came one of the strangest pick-up lines I ever heard. Believe me when I tell you—this question changed the course of my life.
I was a junior in college, running errands the day before Thanksgiving. As I rushed across the lot, a young guy called out to me. From his jacket pocket, he unearthed a small brown animal.
Not a raccoon. It was a ferret!
An animal lover, I had to get a closer look. That’s when I saw the man offering the ferret sunflower seeds, something I knew ferrets are not supposed to eat.
From a safe distance, I made him an offer of my own:
“May I have her?” I asked.
A short time later, with some holiday supplies and a ferret, I steered my car home.
Exhibit A: Her Tattoo
I named the ferret Kilgore Trout, or “Killy” for short, after one of my favorite Kurt Vonnegut characters. I fell in love with her instantly. Killy was absolutely adorable—with soft, dark fur, with markings that looked like a mask around her tiny eyes, and a light pink nose.
Killy was a survivor. I knew because of her ear.
Two permanent black scars marked the soft inside of her left ear. These tattoos were put there by Marshall BioResources, one of the largest breeders for biomedical experimentation in the world.
Do you know about Marshall? You should.
There’s big business in cruel animal experimentation. Marshall BioResources makes millions supplying ferrets, dogs, cats, and other animals to research labs every year. The results are horrific.
Exhibit B: Experiments Exposed
Recently uncovered by NEAVS, here are just a couple of the experiments that use animals delivered up by Marshall:
Every day for over 50 weeks, 40 8-month-old beagles from Marshall had a tube forced down their throats into their stomachs, so experimenters could give them cannabis extract. Seven of the dogs choked to death.
The more I learned about Marshall, and the more I gave my heart to Killy, the angrier I became.