This week’s Take Action Thursday urges action to end experiments on cats and dogs by federal government agencies.
The Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act, S 708/HR 1622, would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to prohibit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 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 the pain.
Passage of this legislation would mark the first time the AWA was amended to end specific research on a species of animal and it could set a welcome precedent for future efforts to curtail research using other animals. Although the USDA has said that it has discontinued the research on cats for toxoplasmosis research that provided the impetus to introduce this bill, its passage would ensure that the USDA will not be able to reinstitute this or any other research on cats in the future.
The House bill currently has 63 co-sponsors and the Senate bill has only three co-sponsors so far. Many more sponsors are needed to ensure that this legislation will move forward.
Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to sponsor the KITTEN Act.
The Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act, HR 1155, would stop the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from using dogs for painful research. This bill would prohibit the VA from purchasing, breeding, transporting, housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of or experimenting on dogs as part of any study that would cause suffering to dogs. This includes experiments where analgesics are administered to deal with pain.
This bill was introduced last session, in response to investigations at VA facilities around the country that revealed dogs are being used for cruel and wasteful experiments at the taxpayers’ expense.
This bill already has 97 co-sponsors, but more are needed to ensure that it will move forward.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to become a sponsor of the PUPPERS Act.
Since last week’s issue of Take Action Thursday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed that state’s research dog and cat adoption bill, SB 5212, into law, making it the 10th state requiring retirement of healthy dogs and cats after research.
Congratulations to all of the state advocates who worked tirelessly on behalf of this legislation.
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