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New report exposes 'cat cannibalism' research


Posted on Friday, 22 March, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments

The test animals were obtained from foreign meat markets. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A disturbing new report highlights some of the unsavoury animal experiments carried out by government scientists.
The research, which was carried out between 2003 and 2015 at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service's Animal Parasitic Disease Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, has been exposed in a new watchdog report that is due to be released on Tuesday.

Experiments at the facility involved such acts as feeding dog meat to cats and injecting cat tissue in to mice - all in the name of researching a parasite that causes the food-borne illness toxoplasmosis.

The animals were obtained from foreign meat markets previously condemned by Congress and included 400 dogs from Colombia, Brazil and Vietnam and 100 cats from China and Ethiopia.

"It's crazy," said former USDA scientist Jim Green. "I don't see the logic."

This isn't the first time that the facility has come under fire over its treatment of animals either.

"The details of these kitten experiments keep getting worse and they need to end now," said Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla. "The fact that the USDA has been rounding up pets and other innocent dogs and cats in foreign countries - including at Chinese meat markets condemned by Congress - killing them and feeding them to lab cats back here in the States is simply disgusting and unjustifiable."

Whether anything will happen in the wake of the new report's release however remains to be seen.

Source: NBC News | Comments (6)

Tags: Cats, Dogs

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Nnicolette on 22 March, 2019, 19:31
Why? I am wondering what they thought feeding them to each other would do.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 22 March, 2019, 20:09
I've read about this a few times now (most recently at IFLS)...It's disturbing AF, even if you aren't a cat/dog lover. It seems like there could be a less evil way to conduct the same research, but it would have cost more. The sad fact is, though, all sorts of animal testing still goes on and it doesn't have to. Again, it's just cheaper than computer simulations, growing test tissue from stem cells, obtaining corpses that died from natural causes or euthanasia, etc.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mantis914 on 22 March, 2019, 21:41
Isn't this kind of like how mad cow disease started?  Feeding infected animals to other animals?  Seems like a recipe for disaster all over again.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney on 23 March, 2019, 0:09
Me too, but who knows how a lot of people think. This experiment was cruel, sick and a just plain waste of tax monies. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by and then on 23 March, 2019, 1:01
I think there's still a segment of our recycling industries that think Soylent Green would be a great thing.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Vox on 23 March, 2019, 6:52
Regrettably, the animals that were fed these meats were likely destroyed at the conclusion of the tests. This is complete supposition on my behalf, but I doubt that after feeding Princess Purr, to Rex, Rex was going to be placed in a forever home.


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