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Two members of congress are leading the fight to stop the breeding, testing and euthanization of cats in government sponsored studies.
Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Bishop introduced legislation Friday that would ban testing that subjects young cats to “potentially painful or stressful procedures, including pain or stress that may be mitigated by anesthetics, analgesics, or tranquilizer drugs.”
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The bipartisan “Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2018” or KITTEN Act, co-sponsored by Bishop and California Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta, comes after increased attention to one feline-focused Department of Agriculture study that has been going on for decades.
Bishop called attention to the study that requires researchers to infect hundreds of cats every year with a parasite called Taxoplasma gondii and study the results. After the experiments are completed, the cats are euthanized, but Bishop says the animals are not treated humanely.
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The pain the cats in the study have to endure has been “significantly underreported,” Bishop wrote in a letter requesting more information from the USDA. Because the researchers didn’t accurately measure the amount of “pain and distress” the procedures caused the kittens, the project “underwent a less stringent review and researchers were not required to seek alternatives to reduce or replace animal use.”
According to White Coat Waste Project, a taxpayer watchdog group that tracks government animal studies, the USDA breeds around 100 cats for the study each year, infects them with T. gondii parasites to study their ****, then incinerates the animals before they reach three months of age. The USDA spends around $650,000 on the study each year.
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“Sickening and killing kittens with taxpayers’ money is un-American and we’re grateful to Congressmen Bishop and Panetta for their swift and decisive bipartisan action to end this waste and abuse,” said Justin...
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