Success: Stricter Oversight for Animal Research Labs


Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Praise the order for more strict oversight that will protect farm animals from abuse.

An animal research center in Clay Center, Nebraska, has been ordered to stop all new experiments and projects until their procedures are updated and more oversight within the center is produced. This is good news for the animals at the center, such as sheep, pigs, and cows, due to the pain and abuse they were suffering at this research lab.

In an earlier petition, we urged the research center to stop its cruel experiments that resulted in animals being being born deformed, susceptible to illness, and living a life of pain and premature death. Reports surfaced that claimed the research center was forcing ewes to give birth to lambs in open fields where they were more likely to die of starvation or from predators. Other reports claimed that cows and pigs were undergoing experiments that doubled the size of their litters, but problems occurred which caused many of these litters to fall sick and die.

The Department of Agriculture heard the concerns over the experiments and ordered an oversight panel to investigate. The panel didn’t say that the animals were being mistreated, but confirmed that the animal research center was “not adequately fulfilling its intended role” for making sure that the animal’s pain and suffering was minimized as much as possible. The oversight panel also said that the animal research lab needed more oversight after the internal reports revealed the pain and suffering farm animals were going through.

The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, ordered this panel after hearing about the horrible stories regarding farm animals at the center. Please sign the petition below to thank him for taking action and halting further experimentation until more oversight is provided for the research center.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

I would like to thank you for ordering more strict oversight at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska after hearing reports of disturbing animal experimentation. The alarming reports stated that at least 6,500 animals have starved at the research center.

The extreme experimentation is driven by the agricultural industry’s hope to increase profits by increasing the size of the litters that animals yield. The animal research center has gone too far and is creating an environment filled with pain and deformed animals. This is sickening and the research center needs to be reigned in before more deaths occur.

It is great to hear that someone has heard the public outcry over such alarming experiments and taken action to stop the research center and add more strict oversight. Thank you for exercising good judgement and caring about the animals at this research center.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    Until they have extremely strict laws in place and independent observers – STOP THESE EXPERIMENTS TOTALLY NOW!
    It’s honest to god enough!!! Leave the frigging experiments alone or experiment on yourselves. A good strong drug to put you out of your mental misery!!!!

  2. Als mensen het goed willen hebben, hebben mensen nog altijd niet het recht om dieren te misbruiken. Dieren zouden dit met mensen nooit doen. Mensen moeten opkomen voor dieren, dieren kunnen niet spreken, daarom moeten mensen dit voor hen doen.

  3. Margaret Melnick says:

    I have always thought instead of animals experiments should be done on murder’s who are convicted without any doubt what soever. I think of Paul Bernardo, and a few others. The at least at one time were human and therefore the experiments would be much more exact than when they are done on animals. STOP ALL EXPERIMENTS ON ANIMALS. It is cruel and for the most part not necessary. There systems are not identical to humans so the experiments are not accurate.

  4. Jill Scott says:

    Animal abuse will only cease when the human race dies out. Humans are the biggest disease on this planet.

  5. It is a disgrace that we should have control over animal experiments The using of animals for experiments what ever should have been stopped years ago.
    So stop experiments on animals altogether once and for all times

  6. This is disgraceful and sadistic. I am ashamed of our government for its cruel treatment of animals. These experiments can only be run by twisted sociopaths. End these experiments, immediately!

  7. In retrospect, these experiments done on Animals are supposedly done for the good of “humans”! Then doesn’t it make sense to use volunteer Humans for testing. “Human” products?? Why use poor innocent Animals! We HAVE TO start boycotting all products on the market that practice this barbaric crime!!!!!!!

  8. Success? Not until ALL vivisection is abolished.

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