USDA accused of killing hundreds of healthy kittens by ‘incineration’

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The United States Department of Agriculture has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation exposed, that for nearly half-a-century, taxpayers have been funding deadly kitten experiments at a laboratory for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.

According to animal advocacy group, White Coat Waste Project, documents obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act, include experimental protocols, animal purchase orders and photographs, showing the USDA’s Beltsville laboratory breeds 100 kittens a year and feeds them at two-months of age with Toxoplasma-infected raw meat. Researchers collect the feces of the kittens for the next few weeks to harvest the parasites to be used in other experiments and then kills, bags and incinerates the otherwise healthy kittens.

In a letter to the the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Congressman Mike Bishop of Michigan stated that it

“appears this project uses kittens as test test tubes. As you can imagine, I was shocked to hear that the USDA, the very organization set out to enforce animal welfare laws and regulations, was treating the life of animals with such contempt.”

These experiments on kittens have been going on since 1982 and taxpayer funded since 1970, at the cost of 100 kittens’ lives every year.

“While I support the objective of making food safer and protecting people and animals from infectious diseases, we must ensure taxpayers dollars are used effectively, efficiently and humanely,” Congressman Bishop continued.

Another question has still remained unanswered. Why haven’t the kittens been made available for adoption? Veterinarians agree that Toxoplasma oocysts can be cured with antibiotics.

To read Congressman Mike Bishop’s complete communication, please click here.

For more information and how you can help, please click here.

The USDA has not responded.

(Photos of kittens via FOIA White Coat Waste Project) Rest in peace little ones.

“Bag of bones” dies after being abandoned at a park – read the story here.

Bag of bones abandoned at park

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13 replies
  1. Kat says:

    Let’s feed the “people” doing the experiments Toxoplasma-infected raw meat, kill them, bag them and then incinerate them just like they’ve done to those poor kittens! There is no reason to kill animals that can be cured and waste taxpayers’ dollars! Stop using animals in experiments! There are murderers, rapists, and government officials that have no regard for animals that can be used instead!

  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Of course they won’t respond, just another government coverup and we are unable to vote them out of office! Thank you White Coat Waste Project, please keep on top of this!

  3. maxiemom says:

    OMG!!! Why doesn’t it surprise me that this started under the Reagan administration with John Block?

    Considering how hard it’s been to get even MINIMAL puppy mill changes and anti horse soring rules, and now, with the orange POS occupying the White House, even those rules have disappeared, it should surprise no one that the USDA has been keeping this dirty little secret for so long.

    Too bad this wasn’t discovered before 2016. President Obama undoubtedly would have ended this monstrous practice if it had been brought to his attention just as he did horse soring (which trump reinstated, naturally) and made positive changes to puppy mill laws (which the orange turd ALSO did away with, naturally).

    Good luck getting animal hating trump and his minion, Sonny Perdue, to end it.

  4. JEANETTE says:

    I am sick and tired of my tax dollars going to institutions that do Nothing to help people. leave the poor kittens alone, and stop using my money. let it go instead to homeless, people and children and seniors.
    politicians and scientists are mostly idiots. oh sometimes a few come along with good ideas.
    try computers for experiments instead.

  5. Sue says:

    I’m completely against vivisection. And I know that many animals are tortured. But your headline is misleading here, suggesting that the kittens are burned alive in this particular experiment. And while animals ARE burned alive in some experiments, the text of this story contradicts the headline. The kittens are killed (by unreported means) before being incinerated.

    Sensationalism isn’t necessary with vivisection. If you want to shock the public, there is plenty in vivisection that doesn’t have to be exaggerated.

    • Nancy Zamboni says:

      Yes, I noticed the innacurate headline too.
      Its still awful that they make no effort to treat and adopt them out.

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Once again the USDA proves itself to be one useless waste – to allow these kittens to be treated like disposable objects is just protocol for this dump agency. No humanity in the USDA for any living being – and MY tax dollars pay for this idiocy and I resent and deplore their usage of these animals as test tubes for ridiculous, unnecessary and irresponsible so called ‘research’ – just another example of a incompetent government agency wasting money and their cruel treatment of animals. They are in no way protecting anything but their fake research in order to continue to throw away tax payer dollars. This damn agency needs a complete overhaul – SEWER SCIENCE is all this is and they know it.

  7. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Why the hell isn’t something being done about this? The usda nerds to be held responsible for this act inhumane killings. These poor babies should have at least have had a chance to get adopted. Those Pricks cannot be of the human race.

  8. Bunny Peters says:

    Absolutely heartbreaking and disgusting.

    I don’t want my tax dollars to fund this outrageous project…… I suggest that instead, let’s take our tax dollars and fund a rocket to ship out these POS creeps who are conducting useless experiments……..

    RIP precious kittens who never had a chance in life to live, love and be loved….. please look for MacKitty in Heaven and join his snuggle buddies group….


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