H. R. 5780
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 11, 2018
Mr. Bishop of Michigan (for himself and Mr. Panetta) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to end the use of cats in experiments that cause pain or stress.
This Act may be cited as the
Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2018 or the
KITTEN Act of 2018.
Limitation on experimentation on cats
Section 14 of the Animal Welfare Act is amended—
Any department, agency, and all that follows through
by inserting the following:
Except as provided in subsection (b), any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States having laboratory animal facilities shall comply with the standards and other requirements promulgated by the Secretary for a research facility under subsections (a), (f), (g), and (h) of section 13.
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Beginning not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, in carrying out research, the Secretary may not purchase, breed, transport, house, feed, maintain, dispose of, or conduct experiments on cats as part of the conduct of any study that would subject cats to potentially painful or stressful procedures, including pain or stress that may be mitigated by anesthetics, analgesics, or tranquilizer drugs, except when such pain or stress is a result of a physical exam or training program.