UPDATE (4/2/19): Following a year-long White Coat Waste Project campaign, the USDA announced that its kitten slaughterhouse will close permanently and the 14 surviving cats will be adopted out. Read more.
Original post (03/04/19)
Following a successful free speech lawsuit filed by White Coat Waste Project, the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) is running eye-opening WCW ads exposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) deadly kitten testing laboratory in Beltsville, MD. The archaic experiments involve breeding up to 100 kittens a year, feeding them parasite-infected raw meat, collecting their stool for two weeks, and then killing them at 3-months-old even though they’re healthy and adoptable. Since 1982, the project has wasted over $22 million in tax money and 3,000 kittens’ lives.
As first reported by ABC affiliate WJLA, for the next month thousands of bus and train riders who live and work in the Beltsville, Maryland area will see these WCW ads during their commute:
The ads were first unlawfully denied by the MTA on the grounds that they were “objectionable,” “controversial” and that they depicted “violence.” The state agreed to run the ads after WCW filed a lawsuit alleging that the denial violated the First Amendment.
Tell Congress to pass the bipartisan KITTEN Act to permanently defund these deadly taxpayer-funded experiments, and urge USDA to adopt out the cats!