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

The text of the bill below is as of May 11, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

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 ...



2d Session

H. R. 5780


May 11, 2018

(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.


Short title

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—


by striking Any department, agency, and all that follows through and (h);


by inserting the following:


In general

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.

; and


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.