Cow in a corral, animal research Scott Bauer, USDA ARS
Entomologist Elmer Ahrens (left) and animal caretaker Adolfo Pena inspect for cattle fever ticks.

OIG finds no evidence of systemic animal welfare problems at ARS

New report looks at Agricultural Research Service branches following the 2015 New York Times article identifying questionable animal welfare practices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) could improve its oversight of animal welfare and take steps to make its research more transparent to the public at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) facility located in Clay Center, Neb., according to an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released this week.  

News of animal mistreatment at USMARC was reported by the New York Times in January 2015.  The OIG selected

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