Name: Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act
Bill Number: HR 5780
The KITTEN Act would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to
end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress in federal
research facilities. It would prohibit all federal research facilities from
purchasing, breeding, transporting, housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of
or experimenting on cats as part of any study that would cause potential pain
or stress to cats, including experiments where analgesics are administered to
deal with pain.
This bill was introduced in response to investigations by
the White Coat Waste Project that revealed that a USDA facility in Maryland is
breeding and killing hundreds of cats for ongoing toxoplasmosis research, in
which kittens are exposed to the parasitic disease and then killed, despite the
fact that many of the “infected” cats were still healthy enough to be adopted
at the conclusion of the research. No effort has been made to adopt out these
otherwise healthy animals—these kittens are bred to suffer and die.
This taxpayer-funded research must stop.
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Support a Ban on the Federal Government's Use of Cats in Painful Experiments
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you in support of the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act, HR 5780, which will prohibit any federal research facility from conducting research that causes significant pain or stress to cats.Currently, hundreds of cats are bred and used as part of ongoing toxoplasmosis research, in which kittens are exposed to the parasitic disease and then killed. No effort has been made to adopt out animals that are otherwise healthy--these kittens are bred to suffer and die.This bipartisan bill will help end these inhumane programs being conducted at the USDA and other federal facilities around the country. It will also ensure that taxpayers do not foot the bill for purchasing, breeding, transporting, disposing of or experimenting on cats. Instead, federal monies should be used to fund better, non-animal methods of conducting research to benefit human health.As your constituent, I hope that you will take my concerns to heart and act in the best interest of the animals by giving your full support to passage of the KITTEN Act before the end of the current legislative session. Thank you
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]