A US$100 million fine was handed down by a federal judge last week against three pet-related businesses in the state of Florida, in the first case of its kind to hit the US.
Key points:In the latest case, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) levied a $1.25 billion fine against a pet shop, a food-supply company and a pet-training company, all for their roles in the production of animals used in pet food”It is not uncommon for a court to impose civil fines on pet shops, pet food companies and pet training companies in the US, including in the case of pet food, and in some cases also in other countries, such as Canada,” said attorney Jonathan Miller, who represented the clients in the lawsuit.
“But the case here is different because it was issued in Florida and because the defendants were located in the same city and had the same business license plates.”
The pet shop in question was located in St Petersburg, which has seen an increase in the number of pets in recent years.
It is now home to two of the pet-associated businesses.
The pet training company, which is headquartered in Miami, was the subject of a 2016 investigation by the Miami Herald which revealed that it had trained and paid more than 2,000 dogs and cats for the use of their food, toys, and other products for the Florida-based pet food industry.
The other two companies, whose owners were also in the Florida area, are also accused of using animals for the food industry and selling the animals for profit.
In the lawsuit, the DoJ said the companies were “the largest pet food manufacturers in the world”.
The case is the second such case filed against the three companies in 2017.
The companies are the subject, together with Petco, of a lawsuit brought in March by the American Humane Association, which alleges the companies had engaged in widespread violations of animal welfare laws in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
The lawsuit alleges that the companies’ activities included:The case was originally brought in February 2016 and was settled in August 2016.
In March, the companies reached a settlement in which the DoJs proposed a fine of $1 billion, a civil penalty of $500,000, and an injunction preventing the businesses from doing business with the United States.
However, the company’s lawyers said that the proposed fines and the injunction had not been reached and would be filed in the future.
The cases against the pet stores and the training company have not been resolved.
Pet store owner Bill Miller said he had been contacted by the Doj before the filing of the first suit, but did not receive a response.
“I think it’s great that the Doji was there and that they are not afraid to come after these companies,” he said.
“We hope to have them come after us.”
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