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20 January 2015
Taxpayer-Funded Research Inflicts Massive Suffering on Farm Animals

“Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry,”
New York Times Reports

By MICHAEL MOSS, JAN. 19, 2015

Read The New York Times article:
U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit

Lamb killed in 'easy care' experiment.

Lambs in the "easy care" experiment are tagged so they can be traced to mothers that often abandon them after being left to give birth in open fields. The ones here died during a weekend last May. Credit Michael Moss/The New York Times

United Poultry Concerns is posting this New York Times report on the genetic torture of pigs, cows, sheep and their nursing young by researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. This Department of Agriculture program is funded by U.S. taxpayers.

Many people are unaware of the direct link between animal farming and animal experimentation. While this New York Times report does not include research on chickens, turkeys, ducks and other birds used in food production, it goes on all the time. Chickens, turkeys and other birds are tortured in experiments involving beak amputation, forced molting, food deprivation and starvation, heat stress, feather pulling, genetic engineering, growth manipulation, slaughter and much more. If the underworld of commercial animal agribusiness is largely out of sight, its animal experimentation side is even more invisible. For information on the use of birds in agricultural research, see http://www.upc-online.org/experimentation.

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