A secret branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) called The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center has just been exposed for horrifying experiments on meat-producing animals, so inhumane that even the meat industry itself is rejecting the federal agency’s grisly methods and glaring lack of oversight.

In an attempt to bolster birth rates and factory farm profit margins despite declines in American meat consumption of up to 36%, every year the research center ‘modifies’ some 30,000 cows, pigs and sheep – ending in starvation, ghoulish genetic mutation, and surgical mutilation. With death rates for baby and adult animals greater than THREE TIMES industry standards, mangled corpses are buried en masse in a place called the dead pit, flying in the face of a growing U.S. focus on humanely raised meat.

Read the shocking full length investigation by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss.

The taxpayer-funded agency has lain hidden on the Nebraska plains for nearly fifty years since Congress approved its existence. Please email USDA head Tom Vilsack now and tell him it’s time to shut down the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.



12th Feb Update

A huge THANK YOU to the 22,000 people worldwide who have already signed our petition to Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, requesting the closure of the US Meat Research Facility: We have already had a profound effect.

Since our petition launched on 26th Jan, Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered increased protections for farm animals used in research at the facility, begun a review of research at the facility, and a bi-partisan ‘AWARE’ bill has been put on the table, aiming to extend the US Animal Welfare Act to pigs, cows and sheep used in research. Network for Animals welcome these developments with open arms and see great potential for long term change.

Today, we believe the weight of support generated by US and worldwide animal lovers signing our petition, has the power to close the US Meat Research facility for good.