Help Stop USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center In Maryland From Allegedly Killing Hundred’s Of Kittens For “Research”

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Last week, Congressman Mike Bishop of Michigan sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressing concerns and seeking more information about secretive and problematic experiments on cats and kittens being performed at a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.

This week, signatures are also needed on a Care2 petition that calls on this lab to immediately stop euthanizing their kittens and instead rehome them. 

According to information reviewed by Rep. Bishop’s office, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is responsible for hundreds of kittens having been bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat, and then killed, even though the USDA admits the kittens are healthy at the study’s completion.

We don’t buy it!

In the letter, Rep. Bishop calls for an investigation into the program which reportedly kills the kittens that they claim are “healthy” instead of offering them for adoption, while also urging researchers to find an alternative more humane method for their experiments.

“I’m shocked and disturbed that for decades the USDA, the very organization charged with enforcing animal welfare laws, has been unnecessarily killing hundreds of kittens during expensive and inefficient lab experiments,” Rep. Bishop said in an official statement from his office. “Any government research program like this one that’s been funded since the Nixon Administration needs to be put under the microscope, especially when it involves using kittens as disposable test tubes in harmful tests that most taxpayers oppose.”

For more than a year, Rep. Bishop has been investigating and calling for reforms in the use of dogs and cats in government research labs. Most recently, he was part of a successful bipartisan effort that cut funding for painful and unproductive experiments on dogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Congressman Bishop’s work to end government waste and animal abuse in USDA’s deadly kitten lab, exemplifies his outstanding advocacy for taxpayers and animals. An overwhelming majority of Americans want to cut government spending on wasteful and cruel dog and cat experiments, and Rep. Bishop is ensuring their voices are heard on Capitol Hill,” noted Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at White Coat Waste Project, a nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group that obtained many details of USDA’s kitten research through the Freedom of Information Act.

As per its website, the lab in Beltsville conducts research on a host of issues affecting people, animals and plants.

Maryland recently passed the “Beagle Freedom Bill” which requires all labs to work with willing animal rescue organizations to find homes for pets once they are no longer needed. The bill also protects cats.

However, the Beagle Freedom Bill may take time to go into effect and these hundreds of kittens need our help today.

Sign the Care2 petition demanding that the USDA lab in Beltsville, Maryland immediately stop euthanizing their kittens and instead rehome them HERE! 

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