Help Stop U.S. Government Funded Animal Torture

USA: Help Stop Government-Funded Animal Torture

Urge Congress to Suppport AWARE Act
 

U.S. H.R. 746; S. 388—The AWARE Act (Amendments to Animal Welfare Act)
Sponsors: Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA); Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
ASPCA Position:  Support
Action Needed:  Please use the form below to email 1) your federal legislators and urge them to support and cosponsor the AWARE Act, and 2) the USDA to tell it that all agricultural research using animals should comply with the Animal Welfare Act.

Update—March 10, 2015:  The USDA is accepting public comments on this issue through Wednesday, March 18, so it is critical that you make your voice heard today. See action steps below.

A horror show of farm animal cruelty has been operating under the nose of the American public. After a recent New York Times exposé brought these nightmarish experiments to light, Congress reacted swiftly: On February 5, the Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act was introduced in both chambers with bipartisan support. This much-needed legislation would require agricultural research at federal facilities such as U.S. Meat Animal Research Center to meet certain basic welfare standards outlined in the Animal Welfare Act.

For decades, taxpayers have unknowingly footed the bill for unregulated farm animal experiments—institutionalized animal torture masquerading as “research”—performed solely to increase meat producers’ profits.

On March 9, the USDA released a report that attempts to sweep under the rug its failure to oversee animal research at USMARC. For 13 years, USMARC ignored an internal policy requiring that animal research projects be reviewed to determine whether they were necessary and to minimize undue suffering. Since the USDA has shown itself to be unwilling to take responsibility for the welfare of the animals in its care, Congress must pass the AWARE Act to hold the agency accountable.

If you are outraged by this cruelty and believe that all federal agencies, regardless of their mission, should be required to use taxpayer funds appropriately and in a transparent, humane manner, please speak up!

What You Can Do

Use the form below to email your federal legislators and the USDA. You need to provide your address only once to email both your members of Congress and the USDA.

The letter to your senators and representative will either urge them to cosponsor the AWARE Act or thank them if they have already signed on as cosponsors. The letter to the USDA urges the agency to change its policies so that all agricultural research complies with standards of animal care outlined in the Animal Welfare Act.  

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USA: Help Stop Government-Funded Animal Torture

 

A horror show of farm animal cruelty has been operating under the nose of the American public. After a recent New York Times exposé brought these nightmarish experiments to light, Congress reacted swiftly: On February 5, the Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act was introduced in both chambers with bipartisan support. This much-needed legislation would require agricultural research at federal facilities such as U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) to meet certain basic welfare standards outlined in the Animal Welfare Act.

For decades, taxpayers have unknowingly footed the bill for unregulated farm animal experiments—institutionalized animal torture masquerading as “research”—performed solely to increase meat producers’ profits.

On March 9, the USDA released a report that attempts to sweep under the rug its failure to oversee animal research at USMARC. For 13 years, USMARC ignored an internal policy requiring that animal research projects be reviewed to determine whether they were necessary and to minimize undue suffering. Since the USDA has shown itself to be unwilling to take responsibility for the welfare of the animals in its care, Congress must pass the AWARE Act to hold the agency accountable.

If you are outraged by this cruelty and believe that all federal agencies, regardless of their mission, should be required to use taxpayer funds appropriately and in a transparent, humane manner, please speak up!

What You Can Do

The letter to your senators and representative will either urge them to cosponsor the AWARE Act or thank them if they have already signed on as cosponsors. The letter to the USDA urges the agency to change its policies so that all agricultural research complies with standards of animal care outlined in the Animal Welfare Act.

 

 

 

 

     

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