Company Caught Drowning Live Pigeons Now Faces 25 Animal Cruelty Charges

Company Caught Drowning Live Pigeons Now Faces 25 Animal Cruelty Charges

Biological supply company Bio Corporation is facing 25 animal cruelty charges after being exposed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for unethical and illegal practices in their warehouse. Each of the 25 charges carries a fine of up to $1000.

Based in Alexandria, Minnesota, the company obtains and sells the bodies of animals. The majority are destined for public school science classroom dissections.

The evidence used to charge Bio Corp was secretly recorded by a representative of PETA, who went undercover as a worker within the company. The undercover employee obtained footage of entire crates of pigeons being euthanized by drowning; live crayfish being injected with latex, and workers admitting to freezing turtles to death. These methods, according to the complainant, The State of Minnesota, are both inhumane and illegal.

Bill Wadd, co-owner of Bio-Corporation said, “We have a policy to euthanize these birds with gas but actually water submersion is a better and arguably more humane method because of the short time necessary to complete the process.”

However, drowning is not a legally accepted form of euthanasia, according to the standards of humane euthanasia proscribed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that any dealers of animals must operate under the guidelines above from AVMA., Dr Ingrid Taylor, a veterinarian hired by PETA, testified that both drowning of pigeons and injecting crayfish with latex is illegal under the AVMA’s euthanasia policy.

Approximately 10 million animals are dissected in schools every year in the U.S. Many countries long ago banned the dissection of animals in educational facilities, including Argentina, Slovakia, India and Israel; with other countries such as Italy and Australia allowing the students the right to refuse to participate in dissections.

This is not the first time that a bio supply company’s practices have been called into question. In 1990, PETA investigated Carolina Biological Supply and discovered that staff were acquiring live cats to sell for dissection, despite insisting that all cats were euthanised before being brought to the facility. Some of those cats were injected with preserving chemicals while they were still alive.

That was almost thirty years ago. It’s unacceptable that companies like Bio Corporation are still playing fast and loose with federal regulation, and torturing animals in the process.

“This classroom dissection supplier was a warehouse of horrors, where birds were drowned, crayfish were pumped full of latex dye, and staff boasted of freezing turtles alive,” said PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg in a news release. “PETA is calling on schools to stop paying for animals to suffer and die by replacing animal dissection with modern, sophisticated virtual dissection.”



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57 Comments

  1. Diane

    Instead of dissecting poor animals why don’t you dissect some of the scumbags in prison

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  2. Gayle Shumate

    There is no reason for animals to be dissected. I’m a retired RN. I didn’t learn a damn thing from dissecting frogs that helped me in my nursing career. NOTHING WHATSOEVER !! This country is stuck on stupid to still be teaching in this manner. Injecting cats with embalming fluid while still alive? Who would do that? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE ?!! When a fish stinks it stinks from the head down. If the owners had a moral compass these acts would not be occurring. This company needs to be fined into bankruptcy.

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    • Anonymous

      I so agree with you. I refused to dissect the frog in school, I got an F and I didn’t care. Don’t these people that do this have any compassion? Totally disturbing!

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    • Conchetta

      Awesome comment Gayle so Ill just say “ditto”.

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  3. Susan

    This is just flat out cruelty to animals and he ought to have the book thrown at him. Let’s stick his head under water

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  4. cheryl

    Seriously, I thought that classroom dissection was a thing of the past!!! What exactly is the purpose of this practice? Yes lets only fine them $1,000.00 per animal their lawyer will find away to get them our of it!!! I know lets fine them $10,000.00 per animal plus register each and everyone at this company on the internet as animal abusers and shut this company down!!! Y didn’t anyone at this company have a set and called this what it is WRONG!!!

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  5. C Bollinger

    Screw classroom dissections and screw these pos sociopaths at this sub-human company! They need jail time and possibly a bullet between the eyes.

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  6. Christine Stewart

    There is no need to torture animals to death, so disinterested kids can cut them up in science class. There are very good anatomic specimens made of plastic, of so many species.

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  7. joe

    Education in USA is trash just like the low life teachers who care nothing about animals. How can people not understand how we have advanced.

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  8. Hrvoje Lončar

    “…These methods, according to the complainant, The State of Minnesota, are both inhumane and illegal…”

    Luckily, all other methods of killing innocent animals are very humane.
    #GOVEGAN

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  9. Mary

    What is wrong with these people!!! THEY ARE MONSTERS!!!
    THIS SADISTIC CRUELTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE 21ST. CENTURY IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY!!! PUT THEM IN JAIL AND THROW THE KEY!!! CLOSE THIS FACILITY IMMEDIATELY!!!

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  10. Jaime Perez

    This is horrible and unacceptable. These monsters need to be jailed, preferably with some animals lovers! Other countries are moving away from the use of animals, why can’t the US follow suit? Why do we keep hanging on to antiquated methods?? Animals suffer so much from inhumane use at the hands of cruel, vile and evil people who do things like this for profit.

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  11. April M

    Dear God! Fine the living crap out of them……not just “(up to) $1000 per bird/animal” Then shut them down. If they are this irresponsible and do not mind breaking the law they do not need to be in business and certainly no one involved should ever be allowed to go near a bird or any animal ever again! I swear the hundreds of thousands of ways monsters come up with to torture poor helpless animals and birds and reptiles is beyond me!!

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  12. Maggie Mogg

    They shouldn’t be fined…they should be shut down and do jail time. Once again, the almighty dollar overrides human compassion for God’s other creations.There is NO excuse for these actions. NONE.The schools are also to blame from the standpoint that they refuse to use modern technology, which is much better than costing animals their lives after living in horrible conditions, and probably less expensive in the long run. Our school systems need to be brought into this area and the suppliers of living creatures for experiments should find another way to make a living.

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  13. Karin

    Nail this company to the wall and let’s end dissection in schools.

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  14. Stacie

    Dissection is inhumane, period and should be illegal by now.

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    • Sheila A Loe

      As an educator and member of the aspiring more humane compassionate intelligent all life saving homo sapiens of which is a much smaller group than the whole population, dissection is inhumane and should be illegal. When humans can make money off the lives of others, it should be illegal.

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  15. Julia Edinger

    those cruel evil beings deserve the same treatment !! Must be punished !!

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  16. Peggy H

    STOP USING ANIMALS IN CLASSROOM EXPERIMENTS. Train kids to do something USEFUL. STUPID.

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  17. Amanda Maupin jr.

    This is absolutely disgusting. Humans are evil

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  18. Nelson Petrie

    It is time that so called advanced America which is still allowing private profit making companies to continue with such insane and inhuman practice bring about stringent laws to punish these mad animal abusers.The owner of the company also deserves to be drowned. Show no mercy to these idiotic madmen.

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  19. John

    The co-owners last name is Wadd…Put any vulgarity in front of it and it works like a charm…Sorry folks seems childish and idiotic,maybe as childish and idiotic as using an unapproved method of euthanasia.Especially when you’ve been given the guidelines…My question is this,why is anybody still doing dissection when you have modern,non-animal options…Well like I always say,you can’t fix stupid.

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  20. Susan Loscher

    Where can we write or call or do to bring these sickos to justice? No more animal dissection companies!

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  21. Heidi Winter

    Drown those bastards from the shithole company!

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  22. Jade Kiran

    “Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them whenever they require it.” — St. Francis of Assisi.

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  23. Tina Shurtleff

    Disgusting cruelty for profit. Schools should stop using real animals, teach compassion and use virtual dissection instead.

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  24. Patricia Ann Poole

    There are modern methods today without dissecting animals, mammals and birds. This is sickening!!! To kill animals for dissection. When I was in high school I was considering going into the veterinarian field but the classes were manditory that you dissect animals. I declined and went into the business field insted. I admire a good compassionate veterinarian andt heir assistants. I detest the thought of using animals for any experments and for testing cosmetics. I only buy with the bunny logo.

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  25. Czerny

    Most medical schools are no longer using live animals for teaching, so why are public schools participating in animal cruelty?

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    • Sue

      I wish that was true, but it’s not. The struggle continues. There are some victories, but we have to keep on it.

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  26. Bobbie

    The residents of every school district should put pressure on their schools to stop and eliminate the dissection of animals from their curriculum. Then Carolina Biological Supply and companies like it will go out of business.

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  27. beverley schmidt

    This is disgusting what they are doing to our previous birds and sea animals…
    How do these people sleep at nite ….they soo heartless….thank goodness Jesus is coming again to judge people like that….let us not have any blood on our hands…..plse reach out and protect these beautiful creatures that God has given us to take care of…??

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  28. Eulalie Grace

    Who takes jobs like this? Staff “boasting” about killing animals? This sounds like a bunch of closet animal abusers to me, and getting paid to do it, too. The thought makes my skin crawl.

    I’d like to hold co-owner of Bio-Corporation Bill Wadd’s head under water and see if he thinks drowning is a humane way to die.

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  29. lucyspost

    Subjecting animals to slow, terrifying, painful deaths so that students can cut up and mutilate their bodies is unacceptable. This just goes to show that the dissection industry at every level views and treats animals not as the unique, feeling individuals they are, but as tools to use and abuse. It’s time to modernize and start teaching students using exclusively non-animal methods, which teach concepts as well as or better than cutting up animals.

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  30. She and She

    Disgusting acts of more never ending cruelty it must be stopped meanness dissection children,teenagers do not to be exposed to this no wonder there is so much cruelty in this world.Fine the hell out of them and close down the company.

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  31. Teri J Wilson

    Bravo! for catching these assholes!

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  32. rebecca vitale mandich

    Unbelievable this still happening..what a joke these companies are even in business it is not the 1950’s people…the poor pigeons ..please rescue them from this meaningless painful death …insanity!

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  33. Shaun Fletcher

    No need to dissect animals any more, them days have gone. So stop this atrocious industry.

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    • Sue

      There NEVER was a need to dissect animals in classrooms. I was the ONLY student in my class who aspired to be a veterinarian, and therefore, the ONLY one who would have need to see the insides of an animal. But I was also the only student in the class (this was 1966) who walked out of the class, and lodged a complaint at the principal’s office, after the cats were brought in, and I could tell just by looking at them that they had all died the same way, and it had been a torturous form of execution.

      The purpose of dissection in schools is for the same reason that slaughter is taught and demonstrated first hand at some schools: to desensitize the students. They must be indoctrinated into the “ways of the world,” in which animal “industry” relies upon their ability to use animals in any way they see fit, with no interference.

      There have always been plenty of bodies of animals who died naturally available to the students who needed to see the inside of one before interning with a surgeon. Dissection in classrooms (including for every Tom, Dick, and Harry, who were going to become a plumber, a contractor, and an electrician) was never needed for any higher education.

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  34. Gianna Macias

    Stop dissections. They do not serve any real purpose. Many students are so disturbed that not only they do not learn anything but also end up with nightmares and other problems.

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  35. Ellen

    Now I know where these animals have come from. This is a horror story!!! Dissection needs to be banned! No excuses!!!!

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  36. Anonymous

    This is unacceptable and inhumane. We don’t need to dissect these animals in schools. As a teacher, we can develop other experiments that help students learn biology without killing innocent animals. I hope this company pays a hefty fine to prevent this cruelty in the future.

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  37. DJ

    First off you POS Bill Wade, what gives you the right to kill anything and worse, as inhumane as you do?..drowning pigeons, freezing turtles, injecting latex into crayfish??..I’m betting that is only part of what goes on..What kind of wacko are you??
    I hope the authorities close this trash outfit down!

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    • omarqqqal

      I dont understnad spanish but I agree with what you said.

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  38. Tisa

    The meanness never ends. I want nothing to do with anyone that participates in animal cruelty. There are just too many people with no conscience. Where do they all come from? It’s very sad about our world today.

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    • Gerri deBeer

      Tisa, you said it “there are just too many people with no conscience.” They come from parents who have no conscience. They spawn and perpetuate – people with no character whatsoever. VERY SAD about our world today.

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  39. Rachael Markson

    What’s being done to stop this?

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  40. Jeanie

    close this bird killing company down!!

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  41. Cheryl Gehrke

    What is even worse is that we the taxpayers are paying for all these animals to be dissected even though we may hate it with all our hearts. There should be no live animal dissection anywhere. It is disgusting.

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    • Gerri deBeer

      Cheryl, I completely agree with every word you said. I couldn’t have said it any better. 🙁

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    • Sue

      “Live dissection” is not actually dissection, but vivisection. And that is another abomination. However, the animals murdered for dissection are dispatched in horrible ways by the same labs which do vivisection.

      It is true that demonic forces are at work in these places, presenting themselves as noble saviors of the people, while getting their jollies torturing animals (and people, when they can get their hands on them).

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  42. B. Maurene White

    Truly repulsive! What education is there in teaching torture? Student deserve education in compassion and so do the people they are educated to serve.

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    • Gerri deBeer

      Maurene, when students are taught to torture animals, what kind of human beings are being turned out? Students are being desensitized to the pain and suffering of helpless animals and they think it’s normal. NOT NORMAL. And we wonder why violent crimes are committed in this country?

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