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      house Committees
      House Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedMay 11th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — known as the KITTEN Act — would prohibit the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) conducting testing on and ultimately killing kittens for experimental purposes. A USDA program has been using cats as fatal test subjects to further parasite research.

The bill’s full title is the Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2018.

Impact

Kittens; and USDA research.

Cost

A CBO estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) introduced this bill to put an end to deadly USDA experiments on kittens:

“I’m shocked and disturbed that for decades the USDA — the very organization charged with enforcing animal welfare laws — has been unnecessarily killing hundreds of kittens in expensive and inefficient lab experiments. Any government research program like this one that’s been funded since the Nixon administration needs to be put under the microscope, especially when it involves using kittens as disposable test tubes in harmful tests that most taxpayers oppose.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) added:

“As a long-time cat owner, I was alarmed that the federal government has been secretly spending American’s tax dollars for archaic experiments on kittens, and then needlessly killing the healthy animals. Abusing pets in government labs with taxpayers’ money has to stop and I’ll continue to fight until it does.”

A recent investigation by the White Coat Waste Project uncovered that the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) takes part in experiments on kittens that result in the deaths of the animals, and have been doing so for many decades.

A USDA lab in Maryland deliberately breeds kittens and then feeds them Taxoplasma parasite-infected meat. The experimenters then collect the kittens’ feces for a period of 2-3 weeks to harvest the Taxoplasma parasite for use in other experiments, then kill the kittens.

This bill has the support of 35 bipartisan cosponsors, including 26 Democrats and nine Republicans. It’s also been endorsed by In Defense of AnimalsWhite Coat Waste Project, and Save A Cat.


Media:

Summary by Lucas McConnell

(Photo Credit: DepthofField / iStock)

AKA

KITTEN Act of 2018

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress.

    I find ALL animal testing disgusting. So yes, stop that cruel practice on ALL animals.
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    I’m sorry as long as it is for the benefit of mankind, and no alternatives.I will not have any objections to this practice.
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    Stop breeding cats and start collecting strays from around the country. If they're going to be euthanized anyway, at least they can still contribute to research. Stop breeding animals for this kind of thing when so many exist already. EDIT: @Douglas: I don't think there is too much disagreement about the value of research, but so many animals already exist on the streets. Surely there is some sort of partnership that can come from animal researchers and the humane society.
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    I find all animal testing so disgusting. I understand you are trying to further science, but there must be some other way then torturing and murdering innocent animals.
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    Isn’t animal abuse illegal? I guess if the government does it, then it’s okay huh? What a double standard.
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    Animal testing is an important part of the research process. It is sad but vital to get the best human trials
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    I do not subscribe to the idea that animals are here for our purposes to do with whatever we want I do not want my tax dollars used for sporus research
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    Find another way!!
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    What kind of cruel nonsense is this?!? Monsters!!!
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    we as humans aren’t superior just because we have different understandings and communications of this world. testing on kittens (or any animal) is unethical. they have every right to live, just as we do.
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    Kittens are cute but humans are more precious
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    Animal cruelty is cruelty even in the name of Science. Stop it.
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    Test on pedophiles, rapists, and murderers instead. They're lives mean nothing if they're willing to do such atrocious acts.
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    I agree full-
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    As an ethical vegan, I don’t believe in exploiting animals for any reason. Humans aren’t meant to live forever, and not everything is about us.
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    Animals are here with us, not for us. Stop exploiting animals altogether.
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    Killing of innocent lives is disgusting and inhumane. In the year 2018, there are other technological ways to test product safety, etc...stop this immediately!
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    Use other non-animal options for research. It is a cruel and inhumane practice.
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    There are alternatives to animal testing that give more reliable results. There is no reason to be torturing innocent animals. And as for the “where is the outrage for abortion?” comments, when are you people going to realize that these issues are not mutually exclusive? News flash: Americans can (and SHOULD) care about more than one issue!
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    We should ban ALL animal testing.
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