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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.

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Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 22, 2017 Mary Vitro
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
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Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 19, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Mar 19, 2017 Darren Anderson
Mar 18, 2017 Linda Smyth
Mar 18, 2017 FERRUCCIO ROMEO
Mar 16, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 Elizabeth Lincoln
Mar 16, 2017 Pamela Hazen
Mar 16, 2017 John and Deborah Haynes
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Mar 15, 2017 Ray Morris
Mar 15, 2017 Chay Krasner
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Mar 15, 2017 marie hanulak
Mar 15, 2017 Willetta Gilbert
Mar 15, 2017 veronica grimm Shame on you for allowing these sick sadistic evil horrific things to be done to our beautiful animals. Some humans are the real animals sociopaths with no compassion or heart are the only ones who can do these things anybody normal is incapable of this
Mar 15, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Mar 15, 2017 Erika Tamar
Mar 15, 2017 Merle Weyant
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