BREAKING: House & Senate lawmakers reintroduce KITTEN Act to end USDA cat experiments

07 March 2019 | Blog


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 (03/07/19)

Photos of cats inside the USDA’s Beltsville, MD experimentation lab obtained by WCW via the Freedom of Information Act.


Last year, after White Coat Waste Project exposed a nightmarish U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) kitten experimentation laboratory in Beltsville, MD, federal lawmakers concerned about government waste and animal protection quickly sprang into action.  The House and Senate introduced the bipartisan Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act to permanently stop the experiments, and Congress enacted related legislation urging the USDA to end its kitten use and adopt out the cats.

Today, as first reported by NBC News, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) re-introduced the KITTEN Act for the new Congressional session with the support of original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), Will Hurd (R-TX) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) in the House.

The bill comes as the grassroots campaign to end these experiments continues to heat up. Last week, WCW’s ad campaign exposing the USDA’s kitten experiments launched on trains and buses that service the Maryland area where the lab is located. WCW’s lawsuit against the USDA for refusing to release documents about the kitten lab is also ongoing.

Tell Congress to pass the bipartisan KITTEN Act to permanently defund these deadly taxpayer-funded experiments!

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End the cruelty

Stop using taxpayer money to fund the killing of kittens.

Stop needless killing kittens I don’t support my tax paying for this killing kittens period.

End this needless and inhuman killing of kittens.

Please stop this madness.

Please stop this cruel and inhumane practice

Please stop these experiments. Thank you.

Please stop these experiments right now. Thank you.

Wonder how much my share is. Taking it out of my taxes I owe.

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