The livestock experimentation facility at the center of a shocking New York Times investigation will be forced to change its ways.
New projects are on hold at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center until animal welfare at the facility is improved, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Monday. The center must update its welfare standards and record-keeping procedures to ensure all animals are cared for, Reuters reports.
The taxpayer-funded Nebraska facility came under fire in January after an investigation by The New York Times revealed horrific conditions for cows, sheep, pigs and other livestock at the center. Newborn lambs were left out in the cold to die, while pigs died after being left in steamers and employees wantonly bred deformed calves. Shortly after the exposé, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was investigating conditions at the center.