US scientists have been conducting “questionable” experiments on felines for over three a long time, feeding them lifeless cats and canines and killing off completely adoptable lab animals after the assessments, a watchdog has discovered.
The damning report, dubbed ‘USDA Kitten Cannibalism’ has been unveiled by the White Coat Waste Project this week. The animal rights watchdog is striving to cease the US authorities from spending taxpayer cash on animal experiments – lots of which change into fairly questionable, to place it mildly.
The report highlights the actions of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), particularly its analysis into toxoplasmosis, which has been going on since 1982 on the Animal Parasitic Disease Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite illness, believed to be affecting almost half of humankind and lots of home animals. While it poses sure well being dangers to these, whose immune system is weakened, it often evokes no noticeable signs.
Certain assessments had been fairly weird and included feeding the cats the physique elements of different animals – canines and different cats – contaminated with toxoplasmosis, injecting mice with fluids harvested from lifeless animals, and so on. The physique elements had been procured by the USDA at animal meat markets in China and Vietnam, in keeping with the report.
Killing the cats – in addition to utilizing them for assessments within the first place – is “unnecessary and unjustifiable,” the watchdog acknowledged. The scientific worth of such assessments has been very restricted and even additional diminished within the final 20 years.
“Dog and cat meat represents an abnormal diet for cats, dogs and mice so it is likely irrelevant to natural toxoplasmosis biology. Their scientific relevance and justification is questionable, at best, as is their relevance to American public health since we do not consume cats and dogs,” the report reads.
The contaminated cats then had been examined, parasite eggs had been harvested from their feces and the felines had been killed off two weeks afterwards – as they’d developed immunity. While the animals had been completely positive to get adopted and didn’t pose any well being dangers to potential homeowners, they didn’t even get such an possibility.
“These healthy kittens –who briefly pass the parasite’s eggs and become immune within weeks– are then killed and incinerated by USDA because they are no longer useful,” the report states.