Stop "easy care" lamb research at the US MARC
Thank you for taking steps in the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to protect animals used in experiments at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), including funding cuts to be implemented unless improvements in animal care are properly demonstrated. However, I was shocked to learn that the “easy care” lamb experiments at the MARC will be allowed to continue for four more years. This project attempts to breed lambs who can survive on their own, immediately after birth, in open fields with little human intervention. These experiments appear to be nothing but unjustifiable cruelty to defenseless baby animals. Records show that one-third or more of the lambs die in horrible, unacceptable ways, such as starvation, exposure or predation by coyotes. While the enhanced oversight is a step forward, it’s time to end these cruel and unnecessary experiments on newborn lambs. Michael L. Thonney, a Cornell professor of animal science, told the New York Times “There is no reason to allow animals to have that kind of suffering.” In similar research he conducted, abandoned lambs were taken under the protection of staff. Please end the “easy care” lamb project carried out by the MARC. No animal should be allowed to die a horrible death due to taxpayer-funded abandonment.
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