A USDA report released Monday found that the center's animal care committee wasn't really watching out for animals. It wasn't meeting regularly and had no procedure for approving projects proposed by committee members. There was also no evidence of a formal training program to teach staff to properly care for animals.
One problem that makes it difficult to police abuse at the facility and others like it is that the government doesn't grant Animal Welfare Act protections to most animals used in meat research. In February, a bill was proposed to do just that, closing a loophole that barred livestock in experiments from nearly all basic welfare standards.
For now, the spotlight is on the animals at the U.S.'s largest meat experimentation facility - and their caretakers are being held accountable.