• Re: USDA ending kitten experiments

    From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to Sean Dennis on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 09:37:05
    Facing mounting pressure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it
    will cease the controversial practice of laboratory test research using cats.

    Nice.

    But how about mice, rats, sheep, goats, dogs, monkeys ... and how about exporting the research tp other countries?

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  • From Janis Kracht@1:261/38 to Sean Dennis on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 10:12:08
    From:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/02/usda-ends-practice-of-deadly-experiments-on-ki
    tens.html

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did this... :(

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Ward Dossche on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 13:49:00
    Hello Ward,

    03 Apr 19 09:37 at you wrote to me:

    But how about mice, rats, sheep, goats, dogs, monkeys ... and how
    about exporting the research tp other countries?

    You'd have to ask the government.

    Later,
    Sean

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Janis Kracht on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 13:49:22
    Hello Janis,

    03 Apr 19 10:12 at you wrote to me:

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did this... :(

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have to verify that.

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it past them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.


    Later,
    Sean

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 23:05:49
    From: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/02/usda-ends-practice-of-deadly-experiments-on-kit tens.html

    Facing mounting pressure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will cease the controversial practice of laboratory test research using
    cats.

    The USDA has been using kittens and cats in taxpayer-funded research to
    study parasites that can cause death to humans from foodborne illness. NBC
    News reported March 19 that the USDA?s practice included feeding dog and cat meat obtained in ?Asian meat markets? to cats.

    Last month, bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress to end the agency?s experiments on kittens.

    In a statement Tuesday, USDA said the Agricultural Research Service?s ?toxoplasmosis research has been redirected and the use of cats as part of
    any research protocol in any ARS laboratory has been discontinued and will
    not be reinstated. ? The agency didn?t make mention of any dogs in its
    release.

    ?I commend the USDA for their decision to end this type of testing on
    kittens,? said Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., who authored the House version
    of the bipartisan KITTEN Act, or the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now
    Act of 2019. ?They listened to the people and responded appropriately to our concerns. This is how our institutions, our government, and our democracy should and must work.?

    When the KITTEN Act was announced last month, backers noted in a release
    that the USDA?s experiments on cats and kittens involved ?hundreds of
    kittens bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat, and then killed annually.?

    Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who co-introduced the legislation, said
    at the time the ?cruel testing practices? cost taxpayers more than $650,000 annually and ?put the lives of innocent kittens in danger.?

    Other cosponsors of the House legislation included GOP Rep. Brian Mast of Florida and Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan. A companion piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Merkley
    (D-OR).

    ?With all the awful reports coming out, it was clear that Americans opposed USDA?s cruel testing on kittens,? Rep. Mast said in a statement. ?This is a decisive victory against government animal abuse and wasteful spending.?

    Mast also lauded the USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for ending the experiments
    but also called on other federal government agencies to ?put a permanent end
    to abusive and painful animal testing.?

    ?Food safety in ARS is of paramount importance for agriculture and the
    public we serve,? Chavonda Jacobs-Young, administrator of USDA?s ARS agency, said in a statement. ?We are continually assessing our research and
    priorities and aligning our resources to the problems of highest national priority.?

    USDA said its research into toxoplasmosis has yielded results, including helping to cut the prevalence of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite by as much
    as 50 percent in the U.S. It said the parasite causing toxoplasmosis is especially dangerous to individuals with weak immune systems, such as
    children and HIV patients.

    ?Over the course of this research, ARS worked to minimize reliance on cats,? USDA said. It added that ?no cats have been infected with taxoplasmosis pathogens or euthanized since September 2018.?

    Finally, USDA said an external independent panel charged with reviewing the safety of adopting the cats now recommends that the animals never infected
    be made available for adoption. The agency said it is currently in the
    process of adopting these 14 cats to employees of the USDA and in accordance with regulatory guidelines.

    --Sean

    P.S. Sorry for the weird characters for quotes. Windows to Linux codepage issue I am too lazy to fix.


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  • From Janis Kracht@1:261/38 to Sean Dennis on Monday, April 15, 2019 20:52:28
    Hi Sean,

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did
    this... :(

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have to verify that.

    Man another sick one.. I hope they have stopped.

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it past
    them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.

    Yes, that's true..

    :(

    Take care,
    Janis

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  • From Charles Stephenson@1:226/17 to Janis Kracht on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 00:18:57
    Re: USDA ending kitten experiments
    By: Janis Kracht to Sean Dennis on Mon Apr 15 2019 08:52 pm

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have
    to verify that.

    Man another sick one.. I hope they have stopped.

    Wow... HOW Is this legal! WHO voted for this! :(
    Regards,
    KrUpTiOn
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