Sending Office: Honorable Mike Bishop
Sent By:
Allie.Esau@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

It has recently come to our attention that, since the late 1970s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been conducting experiments on kittens and killing the kittens once the experiments are complete.

According to documents obtained from the USDA, “Toxoplasmosis in cats” (Animal Use Protocol #15-018) is a research project being conducted at the USDA’s Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland. The experiments involve breeding hundreds
of kittens, feeding them Toxoplasma-infected raw meat for 2-3 weeks, collecting their feces during this time to harvest parasites, and then euthanizing the kittens and discarding them by “incineration.”

While we support the objective of making food safer and protecting people and animals from infectious diseases, these experiments are unnecessarily cruel and wasteful. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Veterinary
Medical Association, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, toxoplasma-exposed kittens are safe and adoptable with the right antibiotics and proper education. Further, the USDA reports that these experiments cost the taxpayers $624,000
a year. 

Simply put, we cannot support using taxpayer money to kill these kittens. That is why we introduced H.R. 5780, the KITTEN Act, which will put a stop to USDA’s taxpayer-funded experiments on cats and kittens.

Our constituents and Americans from across the country have made it clear that they don’t want the federal government spending their hard-earned tax dollars to abuse and kill cats in cruel and inefficient experiments.  Please join us in supporting the KITTEN
Act
 to end these painful experiments once and for all.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please email allie.esau@mail.house.gov in Representative Mike Bishop’s office or brandon.honeycutt@mail.house.gov in
Representative Jimmy Panetta’s office. 

Sincerely,

 

Michael D. Bishop                                                                           Jimmy Panetta

Member of Congress                                                                        Member of Congress

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