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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


May 23, 2018 Jill Banta
May 23, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
May 21, 2018 Wendye Kolles
May 21, 2018 Minerva Krueger
May 21, 2018 Stacy Anderson please stop torturing innocent creatures!
May 21, 2018 EVERETT BECK
May 21, 2018 Liz LaFour
May 21, 2018 Kristine Richter
May 21, 2018 A Davis
May 19, 2018 Marilynn Baldwin
May 19, 2018 Amelia Gonzalez
May 18, 2018 Alex Stall
May 17, 2018 Marianne Wilson
May 16, 2018 Guglielmo L
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden
May 15, 2018 David Andrews
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2018 Kenneth Tolchin
May 13, 2018 SHANE AUSTIN
May 11, 2018 Ann K Animal cruelty must stop!
May 11, 2018 Marian Andrews
May 10, 2018 Bernadette van der Loo
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 9, 2018 Radko Vacek
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2018 Anais Cudel
May 3, 2018 Karen Wonnell Awhile ago i heard the USDA was already investigating this corrupt place and were going to shut it down. WHAT HAPPENED? Did the USDA get paid off again so the cruelty goes on and on???
May 3, 2018 Patricia Williams
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 3, 2018 judith ganem
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 26, 2018 Peggy Humphrey So sad what were doing to our planet and its species, including us :(
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2018 Claire CIESLIK
Apr 23, 2018 Susan Mungovan When looking to cut programs that we can't afford this should be number 1 on the list.
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
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

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