|As bad as CAFOs* are, the the Research Center|
is far more sinister (Source)
If you eat meat, here's yet another reason to avoid buying from Big Ag and instead to purchase from local farms: the US Meat Animal Research Center. The Research Center is funded by taxpayers and it's sole purpose is to experiment on farm animals in order to increase profitability for industrial agricultural businesses.
This story from the New York Times is hard to read - not at all for the faint of heart - but it's important that the word get out. Often, people who purchase meat from the grocery store are lulled by the cute graphics and labels into believing the meat comes from Farmers Jane and John and their 2.5 children. NOT SO. These animals often have never seen the light of day and definitely don't come from a family farm; they're from CAFOs*. In addition to the animals in CAFOs being raised under horrific conditions, their relatives at the Research Center are experimented on in ways that would drastically reduce sales should the truth come out. According to the article, farm animals used in research to benefit agriculture are exempt from The Animal Welfare Act that was passed in 1966. Therefore, there is little to no legal recourse to protect these animals. Only by refusing to buy the meat and thus refusing participation in this system can we prevent the torture and cruelty.
If you feel the story might be too graphic to read, then that is more proof that you should immediately stop buying meat from industrial operations and seek out your local farmers.
*Confined Animal Feeding Operation