USDA Blocking Information on Experiments That Killed 3,000 Cats: Lawsuit

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(ANTIMEDIA) — An animal rights group is suing the USDA over its alleged refusal to launch info associated to a controversial program that has euthanized practically three,000 cats since 1982.

The White Coat Waste Project challenges animal experiments funded with taxpayer and just lately filed a lawsuit claiming the USDA “continues to wrongfully withhold the requested information.”

These information concern information that broke earlier this 12 months exposing an ongoing experimental venture at a USDA facility in Maryland that infects cats with a parasite to deliberately give them toxoplasmosis, which is normally transmitted to human by way of meat and might trigger miscarriage and delivery defects. The White Coat Waste Challenge obtained that preliminary info by way of a Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request.

Two weeks after the cats are contaminated and studied, they’re euthanized. The power has killed roughly 100 cats per years since 1982.

The White Coat Waste Challenge launched graphic documentation of those experiments, and in June, requested extra info by way of one other FOIA request. They are saying they “by no means acquired any acknowledgment or response” from the company.

[The USDA] remains to be utilizing cats for one thing they need to have the ability to do with out dwell animals as an alternative of adopting them out. It’s institutional inertia and laziness,” mentioned Justin Goodman, the advocacy group’s vice chairman for advocacy and public coverage.

Based on a weblog post on their web site:

After three months, the USDA is in violation of FOIA by failing to offer the supplies, and even acknowledge the request. WCW is suing as a result of taxpayers have a proper to understand how our cash is spent.

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The USDA said it couldn’t touch upon pending litigation, although it beforehand claimed cats had been the one topics they may conduct the experiments on.

Information of the testing sparked widespread outrage, in addition to legislation to cease painful and deadly testing on cats and kittens.