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house Bill H.R. 1622

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

Argument in favor

While the USDA has suspended its kitten research program for now, this bill should still be enacted to ensure the USDA can't resume testing on kittens in future.

Ed's Opinion
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11/02/2019
What the fuck? Why do we need to harm animals? We have advanced our technology to not have to harm animals, or people.
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11/02/2019
This is cruel. No testing on animals especially pets.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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11/02/2019
Cats are pets, not research subjects. Cat physiology is nothing like human physiology and even pharmaceutical companies rarely use cats in research. Only absolute sadists support abuse and research (same thing) on animals. Note to James: you are one sick guy
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Argument opposed

Since the USDA formally ended its kitten research program in April 2019, there's no longer a need for this bill.

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11/03/2019
Zombie bill for a bad shortsighted decision. Toxoplasmosis is a leading cause of death from food born illness. That PARASITE kills PEOPLE. Cats are the sole life-cycle HOST. Your cat can carry it, and YOU can die from it. Or go blind. And if you are pregnant, it can cause irreparable disability to the fetus. But sure let’s stop the research to save lives because “aww, kittens”. Seriously. Cure your ignorance. Look up the parasite and what it dose to people. Understand the essential role of cats in the life cycle. Can you really criticize the CDC for not letting INFECTED LABORATORY ANIMALS out to the public? What do you people think the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL is for exactly?!?
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Jasen's Opinion
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11/02/2019
Since the USDA formally ended its kitten research program in April 2019, there's no longer a need for this bill.
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Daniel's Opinion
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11/02/2019
Why killing new born and unborn humans is legal under the abortion laws so why should non human animals have more rights to life the a human. What a F’n question and bill to be put before this worthless Congress. You better hope that God is just myth for when you stand in judgement, you can all burn in Hell
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What is House Bill H.R. 1622?

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. 1622

A CBO estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to end the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) use of kittens and cats in any experiment that unnecessarily harms the animals. In early April 2019, the USDA announced — independent of this bill — that it would end experiments on kittens. In its announcement, the USDA saidtoxoplasmosis research has been redirected and the use of cats as part of any research protocol in any ARS laboratory has been discontinued and will not be reinstated. ”

After the USDA made its announcement, Rep. Panetta said:

"I commend the USDA for their decision to end this type of testing on kittens. They listened to the people and responded appropriately to our concerns. This is how our institutions, our government, and our democracy should and must work.  I thank the USDA, the White Coat Waste Project, former Rep. Mike Bishop, the cosponsors of my bill, and Senator Merkley for their work on our legislation and working to do what is right."

When he introduced this bill in the current Congressional session, Rep. Panetta said

"This common sense, bipartisan bill will require the USDA to adhere to the same animal welfare standards that the department is charged to uphold.  While I strongly support scientific research, taxpayer money and federal resources should be spent on advancing scientific research in an ethical manner, not on inflicting pain on kittens or killing them after they are used in agency testing.  I hope this bill helps us get closer to ending this cruel practice."

When he reintroduced the Senate version of this bill in the current Congress, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said

“The USDA’s decision to slaughter kittens after they are used in research is an archaic practice and horrific treatment, and we need to end it. The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing, and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.”

Last Congress, 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.”

Hannah Shaw, a guest expert for Animal Planet and founder of animal advocacy project Kitten Lady, adds

"The USDA’s archaic kitten experiments are out of step with 21st century research practices and animal welfare recommendations. Continuing to breed and kill perfectly healthy kittens for toxoplasmosis research is unethical and unnecessary and I’m grateful to Congressman Panetta for introducing the KITTEN Act to stop it once and for all."

Taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project has criticized the USDA's kitten research for a long time. Its Public Policy Manger, Noelle Callahan, says

"Three thousand kittens killed and $22 million squandered for decades of cruel and unproductive USDA experiments is tragic whether you care about government waste, animal protection or both. Like a majority of Americans, our two-million-plus members want this nightmarish program ended and we applaud [this bill for its] outstanding leadership to end the USDA’s taxpayer-funded kitten slaughter."

This bill has 64 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and 13 Republicans. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), has three Democratic Senate cosponsors.

Last Congress, this bill had 61 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 46 Democrats and 15 Republicans. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Merkley, didn't have any cosponsors. Neither bill received a committee vote last Congress.

This bill has been endorsed by In Defense of AnimalsWhite Coat Waste Project, and Save A Cat.


Of Note: 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. Since 1970, the USDA has spent $650,000 each year to infect and later kill kittens in its Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. There, the lab breeds up to 100 kittens a year and then feeds them Taxoplasma parasite-infected meat. The experimenters then collected the kittens’ feces for a period of 2-3 weeks to harvest the Taxoplasma parasite for use in other experiments, then killed and incinerated the kittens at three months old. According to a USDA administrator in 2018, the agency has used 2,988 cats in its research efforts since 1982.

AKA

KITTEN Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to limit experimentation on cats.

bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2019
    What the fuck? Why do we need to harm animals? We have advanced our technology to not have to harm animals, or people.
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    Zombie bill for a bad shortsighted decision. Toxoplasmosis is a leading cause of death from food born illness. That PARASITE kills PEOPLE. Cats are the sole life-cycle HOST. Your cat can carry it, and YOU can die from it. Or go blind. And if you are pregnant, it can cause irreparable disability to the fetus. But sure let’s stop the research to save lives because “aww, kittens”. Seriously. Cure your ignorance. Look up the parasite and what it dose to people. Understand the essential role of cats in the life cycle. Can you really criticize the CDC for not letting INFECTED LABORATORY ANIMALS out to the public? What do you people think the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL is for exactly?!?
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    This is cruel. No testing on animals especially pets.
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    Cats are pets, not research subjects. Cat physiology is nothing like human physiology and even pharmaceutical companies rarely use cats in research. Only absolute sadists support abuse and research (same thing) on animals. Note to James: you are one sick guy
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    NO animal testing of any kind! Torturing and killing sentient, innocent creatures is scientifically unnecessary and morally indefensible.
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    Since the USDA formally ended its kitten research program in April 2019, there's no longer a need for this bill.
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    To those who are screeching that '"killing newborn and unborn humans is legal under the abortion laws" so why should non human animals have more rights to life than a human?' Firstly, no one is killing NEWBORNS under abortion laws... That. Is. A. Blatant. Lie. And you need to *stop* spreading that lie. Secondly, as long as you republicans continue to assert that your 2A rights trump human lives while mass shooters slaughter people, including innocent children already born and living a life, you have no business pointing fingers at abortion laws. None, whatsoever. Now to the question at hand, yes, the USDA should stop testing/torturing all and any animals for research. Period. The end. Amen.
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    No animal testing that leads to the death of sentient beings! No!
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    We live in the computer era. Using animals for research is no longer "necessary."
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    Good idea. Stop killing kittens.
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    I finally found one Democrat to agree with. Of course the torture of any living being should be against the law in the USA, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and the sentences should be greatly increased. Furthermore, anyone who would input nay is a monster that should be permanently removed from society.
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    Why is this even a question?
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    Sometimes I wonder what world I live in! For the idiot who said there are too many of them, the USDA is not out rounding them up. They breed them to be killed. I refuse to believe that there isn’t another option!
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    Why killing new born and unborn humans is legal under the abortion laws so why should non human animals have more rights to life the a human. What a F’n question and bill to be put before this worthless Congress. You better hope that God is just myth for when you stand in judgement, you can all burn in Hell
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    AmaericaIsaRepublic. Why don’t you volunteer to be a test subject? Cats are useful and needed. Especially by people like me who live on a farm. They kill rats, snakes and a host of other nuisance rodents! You know what they say about people who kill and torture animals? They become serial killers! We do not need to use animals for this kind of study. Mice have been used for decades! Get a clue you heartless jerk!
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    This is not needed and is cruel! How about testing on some outgoing members of Congress??
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    There should not be a need for testing on animals anymore. Computers should be able to achieve test results
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    Ban all animal torture and testing.
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    Why are killing kittens even a thing?
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    What the hell? Why is this necessary?
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