While the purpose and impact of many bills—both state and federal—can be confusing, the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act, HR 5780, is very clear. This bill would prohibit the federal government and its agencies from conducting painful or stressful procedures on cats.
The KITTEN Act would prohibit any federal research facility from purchasing, breeding, transporting, housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of or experimenting on cats as part of any study that would cause pain or stress to cats. This includes experiments where analgesics are administered to deal with pain.
This bill was introduced in response to investigations by the White Coat Waste Project at the USDA’s Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, where kittens are being bred, exposed to a parasitic disease and then killed.
It is unconscionable that, in 2018, animals are still being used as incubators for growing diseases—without thought of their sentient nature. With all the resources of 21st century innovation, the government’s time and money would be better spent identifying and developing humane, non-animal methods for conducting research.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to give their full support to this bill, bringing an end to cruel government-sponsored experiments on innocent kittens.