Tell USDA to Revoke Dealer License for Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc.

GoatIn July 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a formal complaint against California-based Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., alleging that the research facility and animal dealer "willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act." But the federal agency has failed to take serious action. Now is the USDA’s chance. Fill out the form below to ask USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service director Kevin Shea to revoke Santa Cruz’s animal dealer license.

We have provided text for you, but if you decide to draft your own message here are some talking points:

  • It has been one year since USDA filed a formal complaint against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., alleging multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act dating from 2007 through May 2, 2012.
  • Since the incidents set forth in the July 19, 2012, complaint, USDA inspectors have cited Santa Cruz again and again, alleging numerous additional and even more serious violations, many of which have resulted in needless animal suffering.
  • Most shockingly, inspectors have alleged that Santa Cruz management and veterinarians had, for years, deliberately deceived USDA inspectors by denying the existence of an entire site housing 841 goats used in antibody production.
  • Given the egregious nature of the alleged violations, USDA must not settle and allow Santa Cruz to continue business as usual. USDA must seek the highest possible fine and most importantly, revocation of Santa Cruz’s dealer license.


  • Kevin Shea


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