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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

Mar 22, 2018 Kristi Weber
Mar 21, 2018 Bonnie Claggett
Mar 21, 2018 annah jetha
Mar 21, 2018 Lynn Krikorian
Mar 21, 2018 Kathe Garbrick
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Raquel Quintanilla Please stop the abuse torturing
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 majella hunston
Mar 20, 2018 vanessa Jack
Mar 19, 2018 Casey Phillips
Mar 19, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 19, 2018 Lesley Adamson Cruelty exists for no practical gain. People are paying to continue this inhumane activity. People who think about their own profits are not thinking about the suffering they cause.
Mar 18, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Kathy Clements
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Butler
Mar 18, 2018 Kay Schwarz
Mar 17, 2018 Lisa Roof
Mar 17, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Mar 17, 2018 Paul Foulger
Mar 17, 2018 Alexander Goodrich
Mar 16, 2018 therese westhafer PLEASE treat these sensitive and loving animals as you yourself would want to be treated!
Mar 16, 2018 Cynthia Johanson
Mar 16, 2018 Anita Phillips
Mar 16, 2018 Alisha Allen
Mar 16, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Mary Ellen Meli
Mar 15, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
Mar 15, 2018 Julie Miller
Mar 15, 2018 Susan Briggs
Mar 15, 2018 Sue Wood
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Mar 15, 2018 susan shawket STOP.
Mar 15, 2018 michele gangemi
Mar 14, 2018 Tom Rarey
Mar 14, 2018 Marsha King
Mar 13, 2018 Patty Hicks
Mar 13, 2018 Francine Traniello
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2018 Kim DelMonico
Mar 12, 2018 Donna Marino
Mar 12, 2018 yip yuen
Mar 11, 2018 Joan Turpin This facility uses taxpayer dollars for inane and old research, abuses animals without producing anything for the act, is not accountable to anyone and is basically wasting fund to kill animals for no reason.
Mar 10, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Vittorio Renda
Mar 10, 2018 Kristin Womack

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