A Washington state fur processing plant is facing a lawsuit alleging animal abuse and violating the state’s animal cruelty laws.
The Washington Humane Society filed a lawsuit in federal court in Portland, Ore., Monday against Fur Processing Rabbit and Fur Processing Company of Portland, the company’s owners and its owner, James and Elizabeth Rader.
In the suit, the humane society claims that Rader failed to follow animal welfare policies at Fur Processing rabbits, who were being sold as pets, and at Fur Processors rabbits who were sold as “furs for consumption.”
The lawsuit says the company engaged in cruel and unusual treatment of the animals, and that Ramer “repeatedly ordered animals to be subjected to a prolonged and excessive pain and suffering that led to their death, and for the purpose of making the animals suffer in an effort to satisfy his own animal cruelty requirements.”
The suit also alleges that Rarkers failure to report instances of animal cruelty to the state was intentional and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and tortious interference with a person’s right to humanely care for an animal.
Fur Processing Rabbit, Fur Processing company and Fur Processers Rabbit are all owned and operated by the Rader family.
The suit alleges that the company failed to adopt humane animal welfare standards and conduct training for its employees on how to treat and handle fur.
The lawsuit also alleges the company did not report instances in which animals were suffering from pain or suffering.
The Humane Society says the animal cruelty complaint stems from Rader’s attempts to get the Rarker family to purchase fur from Fur Processing Rabbits and Fur processing rabbit.
“Rader’s failure to follow proper procedures, and his failure to disclose animal cruelty incidents to the Humane Society, led to Fur Processing Rabies suffering unnecessary, prolonged, and excessive suffering and injury to their own fur,” the lawsuit says.
Rader also allegedly ordered the rabbits to be chained to the floor for weeks, and “to suffer prolonged and intense pain and pain and distress and to suffer severe, chronic pain and torture.”
In response to the lawsuit, Fur Processor Rabbit issued a statement Tuesday saying that Riker and his family “are very pleased that the court has ordered us to immediately remove the fur from their animals.”
Fur Processors Rabbit did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Rider was previously sentenced in 2015 to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges in a 2013 case involving two Fur Processing Rabbits.
In a statement, FurProcessor Rabbit said it was “deeply saddened” by the lawsuit and said it would “continue to cooperate fully with the court as it considers its options.”