If you need to tell the government every year how much pain you’re causing others, you may be in the wrong line of work.
Putting animals in pain to get published is a core business practice for animal experimenters. Since 1970, USDA has made experimenters fill out a form annually (see pic of form) in which they have to estimate how much pain they’re causing, and if pain relief is being used.
It doesn’t matter whether the experimenter is a government employee, a researcher at a university, or someone working at a corporation – they all have to fill out the same form documenting the level of pain they’ve caused to animals.
To spare you from having to read the Animal Welfare Act, here are the USDA pain categories in plain English:
Category B means “these are animals we’re housing but not using.”