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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

The United States Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) has been ignoring animal rights and welfare since its inception in 1964. An estimated 6,500 of the animals housed at USMARC have died from starvation in just the last thirty years. Livestock at the facility have been specially bred to produce more offspring than normal, resulting in particularly weak and vulnerable progeny — those that survive often have debilitating deformities. Pigs are kept in four-foot-square pens, pregnant domesticated sheep are pushed into vast fields to fend for themselves, and cattle endure unusually brutal care.

Two years after the center opened, mass public outcry against animal cruelty resulted in the Animal Welfare Act — although farm animals used in research that promised to benefit agriculture remained exempt from protections. Research facilities such as USMARC, overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), were expected to self-regulate. However, despite the Agriculture Department's crack-downs on animal abuse at private research facilities, it allows the publicly-funded USMARC to treat animals as they see fit.

The center's cruelty has not paid off, and its attempts to improve agriculture through experimental research have caused a staggering increase in death-rates among livestock industry-wide.

Tell the USDA's Secretary of Agriculture to end these cruel and unusual experiments — it's time to hold the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center accountable for its inhumane practices!

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To the USDA's Secretary of Agriculture,

Because of recent revelations regarding the treatment of livestock at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska, I implore you to take action against the systemic cruelty toward animals occurring daily at this facility.

The Animal Welfare Act of 1966, enacted by the will of the People of the United States, exists to protect non-human animals from the pain and suffering that the livestock at USMARC continue to endure. In lieu of external oversight, the center had agreed to regulate its own animal care procedures. However, evidence (or lack thereof) suggests that it has consistently failed to do so.

When asked for the minutes of a decade's worth of committee meetings, which are intended to evaluate animal safety for each experiment, USMARC was only able to provide notes from a single session — in which there is no mention of animal well-being. When New York Times reporter Michael Moss interviewed former employees, their testimony was equally disturbing.

Veterinarian James Keen, employed at USMARC for twenty-four years, said, "They pay tons of attention to increasing animal production, and just a pebble-sized concern to animal welfare... it probably looks fine to them because they're not thinking about it, and they're not being held accountable."

Indeed, USMARC appears to be much more concerned with profit than with the humane treatment of its animals — a mentality that does not reflect the interests of the public, to whom you have pledged your service. Therefore, I urge you to end these cruel experiments, and to at last hold your department to the same standards you require of everyone else.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Oct 21, 2017 Leigha Henson
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Wrong inhumane
Oct 20, 2017 Christina Brown
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 19, 2017 Ann Bertens
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 Dawn Wait
Oct 19, 2017 r o vanstien
Oct 19, 2017 Elizabeth Mullen
Oct 19, 2017 Rob Ste
Oct 19, 2017 Debby Putterman
Oct 19, 2017 Elaine McWhorter
Oct 17, 2017 toni DANIELSON
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 14, 2017 John Sandraco Take proper care of the animals
Oct 14, 2017 susan munro
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Carolyn Smith
Oct 11, 2017 Joan Heezen
Oct 10, 2017 Nicola Marsden
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 Laura Prohaska
Oct 10, 2017 dawn hansen
Oct 10, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Oct 10, 2017 Janet Davis
Oct 10, 2017 Martha Swartz Cruelty to animals, in any form, is unacceptable.
Oct 10, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 10, 2017 Sharrell Callaway
Oct 10, 2017 Denise Saccone
Oct 9, 2017 Paul Carverr
Oct 9, 2017 Dodie Harrison
Oct 9, 2017 mary renard
Oct 8, 2017 joan gordon
Oct 8, 2017 Cathleen Gorden
Oct 6, 2017 Louise Moore
Oct 6, 2017 Brenda Roy
Oct 6, 2017 Lucinda Humphries
Oct 6, 2017 Patricia Dangle
Oct 5, 2017 Sarah Young
Oct 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2017 Julie Bayes
Oct 4, 2017 Joan Natoli
Oct 4, 2017 Estela Moreno
Oct 4, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 4, 2017 Barbra Webber
Oct 4, 2017 Marta Sloane Pleas stop experimenting on animals. Thank You,
Oct 2, 2017 Kristina Sedic
Oct 2, 2017 whitney hendrix
Oct 2, 2017 Stephanie Loe

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