Marshall Pet Products EXPOSED!

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PetSmart continues to carry Marshall Pet Products, even after R+FP educated them about this company’s cruel history, supplying beagles, ferrets and other animals to research!

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Marshall Pet Products EXPOSED!

Our first investigation is Marshall’s Pet Products, and they have a cruel secret.

This pet and merchandise retailer which sells toys, food, and animal care products, also has a nefarious partner company, Marshall BioResources, which is the largest U.S. supplier of beagles, ferrets and other animals to research labs.

When we buy products for our animals, we assume the company who makes or sells the product also cares about animals, just like us. Marshall Pet Products’ inhumane business practices lure animal-loving consumers who buy Marshall brand toys and products into unwittingly also supporting their breeding facility.


Marshall BioResources has been cited by the USDA for Animal Welfare Act violations and their practices and puppy-mill-like conditions are reprehensible. A Marshall representative described their unscrupulous breeding this way: “We will breed anything a lab wants. If they want a dog with 3 legs or an abnormally large heart, we can do it.” 

R+FP brought this information to retailers who sell Marshall Pet Products and many were shocked and immediately removed Marshall Pet Products from their inventory, including one of the largest online retailers in the world:

We are now urging other major retailers like Petco, Petsmart and others, to take a stand and make the right decision to remove these cruel products from their shelves.

The majority of dogs used in laboratory experimentation come from breeders who mass produce puppies specifically to sell to labs. Of the three major U.S. breeders, Marshall BioResources (formerly Marshall Farms) is the largest. Located in North Rose, NY, Marshall breeds beagles, “mongrels,” ferrets, mice and mini pigs for
sale to research labs globally.

Most of the dogs R+FP has rescued from labs come from Marshall, just like the dog in this photo we rescued.

R+FP learned that Marshall Pet Products is one in the same with Marshall BioResources, sharing the same
executives and reporting the same annual revenue - over 11.6 billion dollars!

Previous USDA inspections found:

  • Inadequate veterinary care and health monitoring
  • A dead puppy kept in a refrigerator used to store drugs
  • Dogs with obvious injuries and medical conditions
  • A semi-conscious and shaking newborn puppy and a dehydrated puppy who had to be euthanized
  • Puppies euthanized and necropsied in front of hospitalized puppies

(USDA. APHIS Inspection Report. 14 Feb 2006; USDA. APHIS Inspection Report. 15 Mar 2006.)

These are just some of the many violations Marshall has been cited for in the past.


Never buy Marshall Pet Products and if you see their merchandise while shopping, tell the manager about their dirty secret and urge them to replace these items with other products from a more compassionate company. If you see ferrets for sale, ask about the supplier and urge them to sever ties with Marshall Pet Products.


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The exterior of animal housing at Marshall BioResources.

*Example photo of beagles being bred at a facility.

*Example photo of beagles being bred at a facility.