Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

A bona fide chinchilla rescue, asserts PETA

Animal-rights group says Vista breeder’s methods were cruel

Image from a PETA video documenting alleged rescue
Image from a PETA video documenting alleged rescue

An attorney in Virginia who stated that he represented PETA for more than 30 years, Philip J. Hirschkop, responded to questions about a multimillion-dollar civil suit filed in San Diego County last week by attorneys for former chinchilla rancher Lurlie Adams of Vista.

Lurlie Adams

Ninety-year-old Lurlie and her husband Jim Adams, 95, sold their Valley View Chinchilla Ranch last August. A different attorney, based out of Rancho Santa Fe, acted as agent during the sale to protect the identity of the buyer.

Hirschkop stated that Lurlie Adams posted a sign on her fence indicating her business was closed in April of 2014, plus she posted on a website that she wanted to sell the business and animals.

“That is how PETA became aware of Valley Ranch and responded to that solicitation to purchase the animals,” attorney Hirschkop stated in an email on October 20.

Hirschkop claimed that Lurlie Adams made a public statement that she would electrocute the animals if she could not sell them; plus, she indicated she would not buy any more food for the animals beyond current supplies.

“Given these circumstances and buying animals at considerable expense; giving each animal veterinary examination and care; and finding approved homes for almost 400 animals can reasonably and accurately be called a rescue,” Hirschkop declared.

“When Valley Ranch put animals down it was done by electrocution,” Hirschkop stated. “Mrs. Adams and her foreman have admitted that and turned over the electrocution apparatus as part of the sale. This form of killing an animal violates national standards and is cruel.”

Lurlie Adams denies that she was cruel to the chinchillas she kept at her facility, and she has sued PETA for defamation.

“Further, the chinchillas never received any veterinary care or treatment,” Hirschkop stated. “Records show there were as many as 1000 or more chinchillas at Valley Ranch at given times. Without question, animals would get diseases or broken bones or other ailments that needed treatment.

"Each chinchilla was in a 2 ft. square wire cage, many for several years. When the Humane Society took the animals they found more than 2 dozen who had to be euthanized after examination by veterinarians, because they had disease, or untreated broken bones, or lacked adequate bone density from being held in a small cage for so long. The Humane Society can document that.”

Letter to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad and Angelina

Attorneys for Lurlie Adams claim that a number of the animals died during the purported “rescue,” which they assert was a publicity stunt contrived to solicit donations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“When Mrs. Adams had an animal with a broken limb, she either set the limb using a paperclip and tape after giving the animal several drops of brandy or if she could not set a broken leg, then she cut it off with wire snips, again using several drops of brandy as an anesthetic. She has admitted this,” Hirschkop stated in an email. “PETA believes and has been advised the foregoing violates accepted minimum standards of treatment and constitutes cruel treatment of animals.”

Hirschkop asserted that PETA has been accurate in its public presentations, based on facts and a belief in what was best for the animals.

Hirschkop also remarked that “PETA has no personal dispute with Mrs. Adams nor any vindictive feelings toward her” and that PETA “is always willing to consider” any possible disposition of the lawsuit.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

What opera is closest to California redwoods?

Tough competing with the English and Austrians
Next Article

Nathan Fletcher's viral propaganda push

County supervisor to pack staff with video maker, social media star
Image from a PETA video documenting alleged rescue
Image from a PETA video documenting alleged rescue

An attorney in Virginia who stated that he represented PETA for more than 30 years, Philip J. Hirschkop, responded to questions about a multimillion-dollar civil suit filed in San Diego County last week by attorneys for former chinchilla rancher Lurlie Adams of Vista.

Lurlie Adams

Ninety-year-old Lurlie and her husband Jim Adams, 95, sold their Valley View Chinchilla Ranch last August. A different attorney, based out of Rancho Santa Fe, acted as agent during the sale to protect the identity of the buyer.

Hirschkop stated that Lurlie Adams posted a sign on her fence indicating her business was closed in April of 2014, plus she posted on a website that she wanted to sell the business and animals.

“That is how PETA became aware of Valley Ranch and responded to that solicitation to purchase the animals,” attorney Hirschkop stated in an email on October 20.

Hirschkop claimed that Lurlie Adams made a public statement that she would electrocute the animals if she could not sell them; plus, she indicated she would not buy any more food for the animals beyond current supplies.

“Given these circumstances and buying animals at considerable expense; giving each animal veterinary examination and care; and finding approved homes for almost 400 animals can reasonably and accurately be called a rescue,” Hirschkop declared.

“When Valley Ranch put animals down it was done by electrocution,” Hirschkop stated. “Mrs. Adams and her foreman have admitted that and turned over the electrocution apparatus as part of the sale. This form of killing an animal violates national standards and is cruel.”

Lurlie Adams denies that she was cruel to the chinchillas she kept at her facility, and she has sued PETA for defamation.

“Further, the chinchillas never received any veterinary care or treatment,” Hirschkop stated. “Records show there were as many as 1000 or more chinchillas at Valley Ranch at given times. Without question, animals would get diseases or broken bones or other ailments that needed treatment.

"Each chinchilla was in a 2 ft. square wire cage, many for several years. When the Humane Society took the animals they found more than 2 dozen who had to be euthanized after examination by veterinarians, because they had disease, or untreated broken bones, or lacked adequate bone density from being held in a small cage for so long. The Humane Society can document that.”

Letter to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad and Angelina

Attorneys for Lurlie Adams claim that a number of the animals died during the purported “rescue,” which they assert was a publicity stunt contrived to solicit donations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“When Mrs. Adams had an animal with a broken limb, she either set the limb using a paperclip and tape after giving the animal several drops of brandy or if she could not set a broken leg, then she cut it off with wire snips, again using several drops of brandy as an anesthetic. She has admitted this,” Hirschkop stated in an email. “PETA believes and has been advised the foregoing violates accepted minimum standards of treatment and constitutes cruel treatment of animals.”

Hirschkop asserted that PETA has been accurate in its public presentations, based on facts and a belief in what was best for the animals.

Hirschkop also remarked that “PETA has no personal dispute with Mrs. Adams nor any vindictive feelings toward her” and that PETA “is always willing to consider” any possible disposition of the lawsuit.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The Truth: no better suited than Catherine Deneuve

Hers truly is an imitation of life.
Next Article

Nathan Fletcher's viral propaganda push

County supervisor to pack staff with video maker, social media star
Comments
4

Hmmm, there must be a lot of closet Chinchilla owners out there. I have never seen any Chinchillas in pet stores. Maybe I just wasn't aware of Chinchillas as pets. While PETA is not my favorite organization I am a little suspect that the all those Chinchillas were pets.

Oct. 23, 2014

"Hirschkop stated. “Mrs. Adams and her foreman have admitted that and turned over the electrocution apparatus as part of the sale. This form of killing an animal violates national standards and is cruel.""

Really? Has he read the laws?

”"7 U.S.C.A. § 1902. Humane methods (a) in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or"

Oct. 23, 2014

Perhaps of we ate the little fellas before using their fur for the fashion trade ,,,, Just kidding.

Oct. 23, 2014

CaptainO - thanks for that bite of reality.

Oct. 23, 2014

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close