USDA Kitten Slaughterhouse Survivors Meet Lawmakers Who Saved Them
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FROM White Coat Waste Project
July 2019

Kittens saved from USDA slaughterhouse meet the Congressmen who passed Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now (KITTEN) Act to save their lives.

rescued Kittens

When White Coat Waste Project shut down the USDA's kitten slaughterhouse earlier this year, the agency committed to adopting out the 14 cats who remained in the shuttered lab. Some of the lucky survivors got to meet the lawmakers who helped win their freedom after years locked in a federal laboratory.

The WCW team brought Petite and Delilah, two of the breeder cats retired by the USDA, to visit KITTEN Act leaders Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL). Delilah immediately warmed to Sen. Merkley, who told her, "I'm so glad you're freed." Rep. Mast told us, "It's nice to have you bring them in here, and to see the results of a little bit of the work that we got to do out there."

Kitten Delilah
"I'm so glad you're freed," said Sen. Jeff Merkley to Delilah in his office

Kitten Delilah
"It's not often that you necessarily get to just, you know, have someone in your office to see the results of some of the work that you do." - Rep. Brian Mast

Sadly, retirement is not yet an option for virtually all 50,000 animals suffering in government laboratories. That's why WCW is working with Congress to ensure all animals abused in government labs have a chance at the happy ending Petite and Delilah got.


Retire dogs, cats and other animals from gov't labs!

The Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments and Research (AFTER) Act (HR 2897) - also known as Violet's Law - is a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) that requires federal agencies to enact policies allowing for the retirement of dogs, cats and regulated animals no longer needed in taxpayer-funded experimentation.

U.S. government agencies experiment on more than 50,000 dogs, cats, monkeys and other "regulated" animals each year with our tax dollars. Many of these animals are healthy at the end of experiments, but virtually all of them are killed because agencies do not have policies allowing their retirement to rescues or sanctuaries. This means that taxpayers are footing the bill for the killing of perfectly adoptable animals.

White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has led successful efforts to expose and defund wasteful government experiments and retire the survivors, including monkeys from the FDA’s nicotine addiction lab and cats from the USDA’s kitten slaughterhouse. WCW has also rallied more than 1 million taxpayer advocates to demand that these and other agencies enact formal policies allowing animals locked in federal labs to be returned to the taxpayers that paid for them.

We need YOU to tell Congress that you support VIOLET'S LAW and the retirement of animals from federal laboratories!

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