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Federal Labs Torture Farm Animals

Story ID:10313
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:? Nebraska usa
Person:Michael Moss
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Over the years, I have become more and more disenchanted with our government. I
have long ago felt that the U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE was a sham. I rarely heard
or read any concerns for the fish and animals themselves. I felt they only cared about
people who fished or hunted and the money that fishing and hunting licenses would
bring their agency. In the meantime our wild animals and fish were suffering because
of their neglect.

In Monika’s comment today at the Humane Society of the U.S.’ site re the recent expose
of Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs- she reminded us that yet another supposed
animal welfare government entity – the BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT whose task
was suppose to ‘manage’ and protect our wild horses and burros fails to do so. It is this
very agency which destroys our herds and inflicts terrible suffering to them during their
all too many round up/stampedes. (And too many of these horses end up being snapped
up by “meat men” who sell them for slaughter to Mexico and Canada.)

And now -thanks to Michael Moss of the New York Times, we learned about another
shameful government entity –THE U.S. MEAT ANIMAL RESEARCH CENTER (USMARC).
Here, per The Humane Society of the US, ghastly experiments were conducted on farm
animals at a USDA facility in Nebraska.

HSUS has succinctly described this horrible misuse of our farm animals as well as
misuse of taxpayer money:

“The USMARC has received nearly $200 million dollars from government coffers since 2006,
clandestinely doing the research and development of the factory farming lobby. Some
examples of experiments at the center include researchers trying to increase the number
of cows who birth twins, increase little sizes of pigs, and breed ‘easy care’ lambs. According
to the report, at least 6,500 animals died of starvation and many suffered during exposure
to extreme weather or attacks by predators. Several whistleblowers, including a veterinarian
with 25 year of experience at the facility, shared stories of outrageous cruelty and neglect there.

Where were our legislators all this time? Were they unaware? If so, why? This happened
in 2006. Surely someone should have done something about this cruelty and misuse of
taxpayer money before now.

So how proud are you to be American? At the HSUS site, Margeaux comments – ”This is
no different than experiments done by the Nazis. I’m sick of being a hostage of the food

Carol wrote: “We are the most despicable animal on this planet...too bad that man thinks he
is entitled to use everything on this earth without regard for its life and pain and discomfort
to them.”

The good news. Since farm animals were conspicuously omitted from the Animal Welfare
Act (AWA) – giving those poor excuses for human beings a reason for going forward with this
cruelty, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) announced he had introduced H.R. 746, the
Animal Welfare in Research Endeavor (AWARE) Act, which would amend the Animal Welfare
Act (AWA) to finally protect farm animals used for agricultural research at federal facilities.

He is joined by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Louise Slaughter
(D-N.Y.) in introducing this legislation. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Richard Bluemental
(D-Conn.) have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

HSUS has asked us to contact our Representative and Senators in Congress to support the
AWARE ACT. (There is a petition on the HSUS site which you can use if you wish.)

I was horrified to read just how far some government officials will go to further their
selfish and cruel interests. I hope you are too.

And lastly, a reminder from Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS: “If you want to find examples of
government abuse of power, its misuse of dollars, and its lack of transparency, look no
farther than the diabolical work of the U.S. MEAT ANIMAL RESEARCH CENTER.”