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USA: Review of USDA animal welfare policies

Farm animals used in agricultural research in the US are ex­empt from protection under the Animal Welfare Act. Follow­ing a New York Times investigation into research practices at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska (, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which over­sees the facility through its Agricultural Research Service, has named its first ever animal welfare ombudsman and announced that it will review and update its animal welfare strategy.


Further, a bill termed the Animal Welfare in Agricultural Re­search Endeavors (AWARE) Act has been introduced which aims to end exemptions for farm animals used in agricultural experiments at federal facilities from protections under the Ani­mal Welfare Act.




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