USDA Exposed For Killing 3,000 Kittens During Lab Experiments
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is under fire this morning by D.C. lawmakers after allegations of brutal laboratory cat killings have been made public by a watchdog group. The USDA laboratory in Beltsville, Md. is home to some of the world’s top scientists, but according to the watchdog group, White Coat Waste Project, it is also a home with a history of extreme animal cruelty.
The details of the USDA’s experimental cat brutality are gruesome.
The USDA lab accusations go back as far as the 1980s and involve up the 3,000 kittens. The allegations state that the kittens are bred, then force-fed parasite-infected raw meat for a number of weeks, then shot up with the potent anesthetic ketamine. Following all of this, they are then incinerated in a machine.
Lawmakers in D.C. have read and responded to White Coat Waste Project’s assertions and they are now pushing for change. Congressman Mike Bishop, R-Mich. called the situation an “inhumane practice” and “an example of wasteful spending.”
“I first started out looking into wasteful government spending,” Bishop told Fox News. “But when I found out about this, it became even bigger and more important.”
“This goes way beyond animal testing.” Bishop continued.
White Coat Waste Project isn’t inventing the claims out of thin air, they have supporting documentation of the brutality. The documents reveal that the USDA breeds 100 cats every year and uses a parasite to infect them with toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis causes birth defects and miscarriages in humans. It’s typically a parasite-derived from bad food.
The infected kittens are then used for feces collections over a course of roughly three weeks.
Then, of course, the brutal incineration process.
But if your heart sank over the process, the morality and humanity over the situation are further worsened by the fact that it’s hardly needed.
The White Coat Waste Project filed a lawsuit against the USDA last June. The lawsuit is centered around the USDA’s refusal to turn over documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The vice president for advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, Justin Goodman, told Fox News that the USDA is in clear violation of the FOIA.
USDA Secret Kitten Lab Decades Old
Goodman says the USDA has been secretly incinerating kittens for nearly 50 years. The USDA is refusing to comment given the current litigation.
“The cats are essential to the success of this critical research,” the statement noted, adding: “USDA does not seek adoptions of these cats because of the risk the cats could pose to their adoptive families. Our goal is to reduce the spread of toxoplasmosis. Adopting laboratory cats could, unfortunately, undermine that goal.”
But this is likely untrue.
Cats typically groom themselves well, the odds that a cat would pass on the illness to a human is rare. The cats can be treated for the illness. This means that the cats are truly killed for no good reason than their inconvenience to the lab’s efficiency. The cats could be given to an adoption agency, instead, the USDA lab chooses to incinerate them. They would be unlikely to ever pass on the illness, which is science that runs counter to the USDA’s claims and justifications in the matter.
Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. has introduced the “Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2018.”
This isn’t an argument or debate over the continued welfare of the human race through the sacrifice of animals. This is a deep and treacherous look into a U.S. government agency’s unreasonable brutality for the sake of saving time and effort. It’s more evidence of government agencies refusing to turn over public documents that we are rightfully entitled to view.
Author: Jim Satney
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