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 (http://nyti.ms/1AGgtZw), 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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