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H.R. 1622 (116th): KITTEN Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1622


March 7, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Mast, Ms. Slotkin, and Mr. Hurd of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


To amend the Animal Welfare Act to limit experimentation on cats.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Kittens In Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019 or the KITTEN Act of 2019.


Limitation on experimentation on cats

Section 14 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2144) is amended—


in the first sentence, by striking Any department and inserting the following:


In general

Any department



in subsection (a) (as so designated), in the second sentence, by striking Any department and inserting the following:


Exhibiting animals

Any department

; and


by adding at the end the following:


Department of Agriculture experimentation on cats

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall not purchase, breed, transport, house, feed, maintain, dispose of, or conduct an experiment on a cat as part of any study or research that would subject that cat to a procedure that may cause pain or stress, including pain or stress that may be mitigated by anesthetics, analgesics, or tranquilizer drugs, unless the pain or stress is a result of a physical exam or training program.