This barbaric animal "experimentation" is not only cruel, but wildly out of step with modern sensibilities and ethical standards. It's even more appalling that such activities - conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit - are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
You'd think we'd have laws protecting animals from such abject abuse. But farm animals, both in agricultural research and in on-farm production, are indefensibly excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, which sets standards for other kinds of animal research.
The problem doesn't stop there. This research feeds a larger agricultural system that treats animals like widgets - constantly striving to produce more, bigger, faster - with little regard for their pain. According to The Times, most of the research at USMARC is being done to help beef, pork, and lamb producers make up for an increased consumer interest in alternatives, like poultry. But widespread cruelty and genetic manipulation to speed the process are also rampant in chicken production. Most chickens raised for eating are bred to grow so huge, so fast, that they can barely stand up. Many collapse under their own weight and spend much of their lives lying in their own waste, with open sores and wounds. That's why the ASPCA is actively involved in improving those conditions.