LAWSUIT: WCW sues USDA for kitten slaughterhouse documents

Posted by Justin Goodman
06 September 2018 | Newsworthy


Earlier this year, using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), White Coat Waste Project (WCW) exposed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) little-known kitten slaughterhouse that was kept hidden for nearly 50 years. Apparently, the USDA wants to keep operating in the shadows, but WCW is taking it to court.

As first reported by The Washington Post, this week WCW filed a lawsuit against the USDA for refusing to release documents about its wasteful and cruel experiments on nearly 3,000 kittens to date.

In a June 2018 FOIA request to the USDA–aimed at obtaining up-to-date documents about the kitten testing program–WCW sought records including cats’ veterinary records, kitten breeding records, and internal emails about the much-criticized experiments in which 8-week-old kittens are forced to eat parasite-ridden raw meat for two weeks and then killed even though they’re healthy and could easily be adopted out.

After three months, the USDA is in violation of FOIA by failing to provide the materials, or even acknowledge the request. WCW is suing because taxpayers have a right to know how our money is spent. Earlier this year, WCW won a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for videos of its now-defunct nicotine tests on baby monkeys.

Cat used for breeding at the USDA’s experimentation facility in Beltsville, MD. Photo obtained by WCW via FOIA.

USDA is facing harsh criticism for continuing these archaic taxpayer-funded experiments. Veterinarians have panned the USDA for refusing to adopt out the kittens. Congress members have introduced the bipartisan KITTEN Act to end these experiments, and legislation passed by the U.S. Senate urges the USDA to end the experiments and adopt out the cats.

Join the fight! Tell Congress to pass the bipartisan KITTEN Act to defund these deadly taxpayer-funded experiments, and urge USDA to adopt out the cats!

Blog Comments

Our tax money is being used in the opposite way your constituents want. Most do not know, but I’ll be spreading the word. Do not send me a form letter…not one more time

Without REVERENCE for ALL LIFE…there can be no PEACE>>>>>>>
The most destructive force of nature is…human nature…because it can choose>>>>>
OUR moral progress is dependent on the way WE treat ALL LIFE…tragically…WE HAVEN’T PROGRESSED>>>>>>>>>>>

Stop kitten experiments.

How is the USDA above all of this. Especially when Congress tells them they can’t do this with tax payer dollars. Unconscionable! Not even good science…

The world is watching you!

This waste of taxpayers dollars and abuse of innocent animals Has To Stop!!

Keep after them dont let them get away with this

Please pass the bipartisan kitten act to defund these useless and dangerous for humans Experiments (please read: “Sacred Cows and Golden Geese” by Greek&Greek)
Thank you… and please watch “Simply live consciously” on YouTube.
Best Regards

I think it’s obscene that theses innocent animals are being subjected to such horrors.IT HAS TO STOP!

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