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The USDA is blocking information on experiments that have killed 3000 cats, lawsuit says

After being intentionally infected with a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis the cats’ feces are inspected, and those that have been infected for two weeks are euthanized with a shot of ketamine to the heart.


JUSTIN WM. MOYER:
‘A nonprofit animal rights organization filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Agriculture Department, seeking information about experiments during which thousands of cats have been euthanized at a facility in Maryland. The White Coat Waste Project, a right-leaning advocacy group based in Virginia, filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The group’s “mission is to unite animal-lovers and liberty-lovers to expose and end wasteful taxpayer-funded animal experiments,” according to the lawsuit.

Earlier this year, the group released graphic documents obtained from the USDA that said about 100 cats are killed each year at a facility in Beltsville after being intentionally infected with a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis… The cats’ feces are inspected for the parasite, and those that have been infected for two weeks are euthanized with a shot of ketamine to the heart, according to an “animal use protocol form” that explains the procedure…

In its suit, the White Coat Waste Project says the USDA is blocking a Freedom of Information Act request for information about the research and for veterinary records for all “cats and kittens” experimented on in Beltsville. The group filed the request in June, the lawsuit said, but “never received any acknowledgment or response.” “The USDA continues to wrongfully withhold the requested records,” the suit alleges’. SOURCE…

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