Bill in congress would stop USDA from euthanizing kittens after experiments

U.S. & World

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Democratic senator and a Republican congressman are teaming up to stop the United States Department of Agriculture from euthanizing kittens.

Senator Jeff Merkley on Wednesday introduced a Senate version of the “KITTEN” Act of 2018.

“KITTEN” stands for “kittens in traumatic testing ends now.”

Merkley says the USDA breeds up to 100 kittens a year, then feeds them parasite-infected meat in to have the parasite’s eggs harvested for experiments.

He says the kittens are then euthanized.

USDA’s Agricultural Research service did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the legislation Wednesday.

In May a spokesman said the use of cats is “essential” to research to combat a widespread parasite.

The spokesman said the figure of 100 cats euthanized a quote “serious over-estimation.”

Outgoing Republican Congressman Mike Bishop introduced the house version of Merkley’s bill.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video on WDTN.com

Don't Miss

Interactive Radar

More As Seen on 2 NEWS