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H.R. 5780 (115th): KITTEN Act of 2018

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new bill would a practice of an Agriculture Department study in which 221 cats were killed in the past five years.


A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for several straight decades now — with taxpayer money — tested the effects of a certain parasite in meat served for cats, at the conclusion of which the cats were usually killed even when they were healthy.

This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of cats over time. Even worse, researched underreported (possibly intentionally) the amount of pain the cats were subjected to, as a result of which the project went through a less stringent ethics review by the USDA.

The study, some parts of which were originally secret, was discovered after the public interest group White Coat ...

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Mike Bishop

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2018
Length: 2 pages
May 11, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 11, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


61 Cosponsors (46 Democrats, 15 Republicans)



May 11, 2018

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H.R. 5780 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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