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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


Apr 20, 2018 Laura Marquez
Apr 19, 2018 Irene Goetz Those animals who are being mistreated and tortured at the USMARC in Nebraska have to suffer for no reason at all. This has to STOP immediately.
Apr 15, 2018 Deborah Burckhardt
Apr 15, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Apr 15, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Karla Zanotelli
Apr 8, 2018 sandra barker
Apr 8, 2018 Pam Wallace
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 LOUISE MOORE
Apr 6, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Apr 6, 2018 Lisa McCloughan Please end this cruelty. There are other ways to research.
Apr 6, 2018 Jo Cairns
Apr 5, 2018 Erin McCarty
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 3, 2018 Anja Mitter
Apr 2, 2018 Theresa Boisseau
Apr 2, 2018 Barbara Costanzo
Apr 2, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Apr 1, 2018 Loretta Jean
Apr 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 31, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 Anne Boleyn
Mar 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2018 Jody Flynn
Mar 29, 2018 crystalle sims
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 28, 2018 Troy & Cindy Hansen No more animal testing!!!!!
Mar 28, 2018 Lesley Adamson Save innocent animals. Maybe call for volunteers for experimentation.
Mar 27, 2018 WENDY LEVY
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 daryll graff
Mar 26, 2018 tore boissonneau
Mar 26, 2018 Arthur Seligman
Mar 26, 2018 Robyn Tansey
Mar 26, 2018 arline lohli
Mar 26, 2018 Jorge Balseiro
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Leanne Lane
Mar 25, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield

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