Target: Emil J Pollak, Director at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Goal: End the government’s cruel experiments on farm animals immediately
Scientists in Nebraska are torturing animals unnecessarily using surgery, unnatural reproductive techniques and intentionally poor care. At the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, government scientists are working to make farm animals more efficient meat producers that require less care from farmers. The abuses visited these animals are so horrendous, even members of the meat industry are appalled. These experiments should not be condoned in the first place, but the U.S. government’s involvement makes them all the more deplorable.
Pigs at the facility are made to give birth to litters of as many as 14 piglets, instead of the natural eight or less, and the mothers in their crowded enclosures often roll over onto the weak piglets—who are too frail to move—crushing the newborns to death. Cows at the facility regularly give birth to twins or triplets instead of normal single-calf births and the deformed, frail babies often die not long after.
In an effort to develop a cost-effective sheep that will reduce the labor typically associated with caring for it, researchers are doing away with shelters and shepherds, forcing the animals to give birth to their ewes in open fields where they often die, exposed to the elements, starvation and the many predators in the area. In a single weekend, 25 lambs died at the facility–six appeared to have died of pneumonia, five were gruesomely killed by coyotes and another five starved babies were abandoned by their mothers.
The government-run research center’s sole purpose is to improve the cost-effectiveness of gargantuan-scale meat production, an industry already known for its horrible animal treatment and environmental irresponsibility. These atrocious acts notwithstanding, the government continues to negatively impact the lives of animals already likely to suffer.
Demand an end to the cruel experimentation conducted on animals at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.
Dear Mr. Pollak,
The abuses visited upon animals set for the U.S. meat market are egregious enough to encourage the government to implement a great number of regulations safeguarding the quality of these animals’ short lives. Companies found mistreating animals are held legally responsible for their actions.
These regulations do not seem to extend to the government itself, however. At the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, livestock are forced to undergo cruel and often fatal experiments to alter their natural reproduction processes and to make their care more affordable. While these outcomes may prove highly profitable for the meat industry, their cost is astronomical in regards to the ethical treatment of the animals whose lives are considered expendable by the thousands.
I urge you to end the inhumane animal experiments conducted by the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.
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