By Walt Hickey Chinchillas A USDA administrative hearing has concluded with the sole chinchilla research breeding facility in the United States having its license revoked and sustaining $18,000 in penalties following a rash of animal welfare violations that inspectors said were among the worst they’d seen. The facility has around 750 chinchillas and has racked up over a hundred violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and while there are 85 chinchilla dealers licensed by the USDA, the Moulton Chinchilla Ranch was the only one that produced chinchillas for animal research. The animals saw some research uses in hearing research, but over the past four years there were only 36 studies on PubMed featuring chinchillas compared to over a thousand for mice.
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