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house Bill H.R. 5780

Should the USDA be Prohibited From Killing Kittens in the Name of Research?

Argument in favor

Breeding kittens for the specific purpose of poisoning them, studying their feces, and then killing them is wrong. It should no longer take place at the USDA, and this bill — the bipartisan KITTEN Act — would ensure it doesn’t.

Manuela's Opinion
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07/08/2018
I find ALL animal testing disgusting. So yes, stop that cruel practice on ALL animals.
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Matt's Opinion
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07/08/2018
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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Liam's Opinion
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07/08/2018
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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Argument opposed

This bill is an overreaction to one particular study in which cats were the only scientifically relevant animal. Further, non-fatal options such as adoption weren't viable options and posed too great a biohazard risk.

Shortfuse's Opinion
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07/08/2018
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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Douglas's Opinion
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07/08/2018
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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Oleg's Opinion
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07/08/2018
Kittens are cute but humans are more precious
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedMay 11th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5780?

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 of House Bill H.R. 5780

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.


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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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    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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    What kind of cruel nonsense is this?!? Monsters!!!
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    Kittens are cute but humans are more precious
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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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    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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    I agree full-
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    We should ban ALL animal testing.
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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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    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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    Animal testing is cruel and unnecessary. And irrelevant. What is done is appalling. Please stop it now.
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    Never an excuse to kill an animal in this day and age.
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    There are so many other non harmful ways to study these things. No animal testing is necessary for the USDA. They are serving us genetically modified food and won't label it so why should they kill kittens to determine dangerous food. It's already out there with its blessing so at least stop the barbaric killing of innocent we not animals.
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    There is no reason to kill anything in the name of science
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    Paraphrasing Ghandi. You can tell a civilization by how it treats it's animals.
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    Killing animals for research is wrong!
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