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Tell Congress to Curb Abuse at Cruel Meat Animal Research Center!

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Update: Following reports of horrific cruelty at the taxpayer-funded U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC)—including leaving animals to suffer, starve, and die—the federal budget for the 2016 fiscal year, signed into law by President Obama, requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make plans to address cruelty to animals at MARC and other federal agricultural-research facilities. The government will withhold more than $57 million from the USDA until the agency certifies in writing that it has complied with the requirement.

And there is another hopeful development: Bipartisan legislation, dubbed the Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act (H.R. 746/S. 388), has been introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The AWARE Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to include farmed animals used for agricultural experiments at federal facilities. Currently, farmed animals are exempt from the minimal protections offered under the AWA. We hope that the AWA will be expanded to include all farmed animals used in experiments—not just those in federal laboratories.

Please speak up for animals who face suffering and death in cruel experiments designed to increase the meat industry's profits. Please contact your legislators and politely urge them to support the AWARE Act.

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