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Humane society rescues 400 chinchillas from possible electrocution

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SAN DIEGO (CNN) - The San Diego Humane Society has rescued 400 chinchillas from a Vista farm where they were set to be electrocuted and skinned.

What's normally used as an outreach room for San Diego Humane Society is now housing hundreds of chinchillas. It's the largest rescue operation in the group's history - a joint effort with PETA.

“This has been an enormous undertaking,” said Katherine Schenar, San Diego Humane Society

Twenty part time workers were hired to care for the more than 400 furry rodents. Some of the animals were bred and sold while the others, PETA says, were made into coats.

“The method of killing at that farm was electrocution,” said Lisa Lange, PETA.

According to a graphic video obtained by PETA, they took one end of the wiring on an electrocution device and clipped it to the animal's ear, the other end of the device was clipped on the animal's foot. Then they flipped the machine on and electrocuted it.

“These animals don't die right away they feel all the pain of electrocution and all the pain of a massive heart attack,” Lange said.

PETA says it should be illegal but isn't.

“We think that to cause a painful death like this is illegal, should be considered illegal, but it is not written that way in the law,” Lange said.

PETA is buying the business to keep it from continuing.

“That land by contract can no longer be used to breed and kill chinchillas,” Lange said.

“We believe every animal matters and so that's why we stepped up,” Schenar said.

The furry creatures are now ready to go to new homes as pets.

“We are really confident that San Diegans will step up and adopt these little guys and give them a second chance at life,” Schenar said.

Copyright 2014 KSWB, PETA via CNN. All rights reserved.

 

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