• USDA ending kitten experiments

    From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Tue Apr 2 23:05:49 2019
    From: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/02/usda-ends-practice-of-deadly-experiments-on-kit tens.html

    Facing mounting pressure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will cease the controversial practice of laboratory test research using
    cats.

    The USDA has been using kittens and cats in taxpayer-funded research to
    study parasites that can cause death to humans from foodborne illness. NBC
    News reported March 19 that the USDA?s practice included feeding dog and cat meat obtained in ?Asian meat markets? to cats.

    Last month, bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress to end the agency?s experiments on kittens.

    In a statement Tuesday, USDA said the Agricultural Research Service?s ?toxoplasmosis research has been redirected and the use of cats as part of
    any research protocol in any ARS laboratory has been discontinued and will
    not be reinstated. ? The agency didn?t make mention of any dogs in its
    release.

    ?I commend the USDA for their decision to end this type of testing on
    kittens,? said Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., who authored the House version
    of the bipartisan KITTEN Act, or the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now
    Act of 2019. ?They listened to the people and responded appropriately to our concerns. This is how our institutions, our government, and our democracy should and must work.?

    When the KITTEN Act was announced last month, backers noted in a release
    that the USDA?s experiments on cats and kittens involved ?hundreds of
    kittens bred, fed parasite-infected raw meat, and then killed annually.?

    Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who co-introduced the legislation, said
    at the time the ?cruel testing practices? cost taxpayers more than $650,000 annually and ?put the lives of innocent kittens in danger.?

    Other cosponsors of the House legislation included GOP Rep. Brian Mast of Florida and Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan. A companion piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Merkley
    (D-OR).

    ?With all the awful reports coming out, it was clear that Americans opposed USDA?s cruel testing on kittens,? Rep. Mast said in a statement. ?This is a decisive victory against government animal abuse and wasteful spending.?

    Mast also lauded the USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for ending the experiments
    but also called on other federal government agencies to ?put a permanent end
    to abusive and painful animal testing.?

    ?Food safety in ARS is of paramount importance for agriculture and the
    public we serve,? Chavonda Jacobs-Young, administrator of USDA?s ARS agency, said in a statement. ?We are continually assessing our research and
    priorities and aligning our resources to the problems of highest national priority.?

    USDA said its research into toxoplasmosis has yielded results, including helping to cut the prevalence of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite by as much
    as 50 percent in the U.S. It said the parasite causing toxoplasmosis is especially dangerous to individuals with weak immune systems, such as
    children and HIV patients.

    ?Over the course of this research, ARS worked to minimize reliance on cats,? USDA said. It added that ?no cats have been infected with taxoplasmosis pathogens or euthanized since September 2018.?

    Finally, USDA said an external independent panel charged with reviewing the safety of adopting the cats now recommends that the animals never infected
    be made available for adoption. The agency said it is currently in the
    process of adopting these 14 cats to employees of the USDA and in accordance with regulatory guidelines.

    --Sean

    P.S. Sorry for the weird characters for quotes. Windows to Linux codepage issue I am too lazy to fix.


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  • From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to Sean Dennis on Wed Apr 3 09:37:05 2019
    Facing mounting pressure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it
    will cease the controversial practice of laboratory test research using cats.

    Nice.

    But how about mice, rats, sheep, goats, dogs, monkeys ... and how about exporting the research tp other countries?

    \%/@rd

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  • From Janis Kracht@1:261/38 to Sean Dennis on Wed Apr 3 10:12:08 2019
    From:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/02/usda-ends-practice-of-deadly-experiments-on-ki
    tens.html

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did this... :(

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Ward Dossche on Wed Apr 3 13:49:00 2019
    Hello Ward,

    03 Apr 19 09:37 at you wrote to me:

    But how about mice, rats, sheep, goats, dogs, monkeys ... and how
    about exporting the research tp other countries?

    You'd have to ask the government.

    Later,
    Sean

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Janis Kracht on Wed Apr 3 13:49:22 2019
    Hello Janis,

    03 Apr 19 10:12 at you wrote to me:

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did this... :(

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have to verify that.

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it past them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.


    Later,
    Sean

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  • From Janis Kracht@1:261/38 to Sean Dennis on Mon Apr 15 20:52:28 2019
    Hi Sean,

    I had to check this one out at cnbc, it is insane that the gov't did
    this... :(

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have to verify that.

    Man another sick one.. I hope they have stopped.

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it past
    them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.

    Yes, that's true..

    :(

    Take care,
    Janis

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JANIS KRACHT on Tue Apr 16 13:21:00 2019
    Janis,

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it p JK>> them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.

    Yes, that's true..

    So the moderator will now get catty, and scratch out the eyes of the violator. <just kidding, Sean) <BG>.

    Daryl

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  • From Janis Kracht@1:261/38 to Daryl Stout on Tue Apr 16 19:45:30 2019
    Janis,

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put it p >>> them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.

    Yes, that's true..

    So the moderator will now get catty, and scratch out the eyes of the violator. <just kidding, Sean) <BG>.

    Sharpened and ready... Lol

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JANIS KRACHT on Wed Apr 17 11:08:00 2019
    Janis,

    So the moderator will now get catty, and scratch out the eyes of the
    violator. <just kidding, Sean) <BG>.

    Sharpened and ready... Lol

    Reminds me of the cat (an attitude with fur) that we had, named
    "Tandy" (yes, the same name as the parent company of the former Radio
    Shack chain). She'd start sharpening her claws on the furniture, and my
    Mom would yell "Tandy!!", and clap her hands. The cat would stop, and
    give her "the stink eye", as if to smart off/talk back, and say things
    like "You CAN'T be talking to ME!!" <G> -- then, she went right back to
    doing such!!

    One night, she tried to escape, and her claw got caught in the
    furniture, and she yowled. When she got loose, she tried to escape to my bedroom, thinking I didn't have the door closed all the way...but I
    did!! I had gone to bed just moments before, and had just about dozed
    off, when I heard "THUD!!". I wondered "WTH??!!"...and the next thing I
    knew, WHUMP!! Four elephant paws of a cold nosed cat, purring and
    pleading for me to "hide her from the mean old lady" (my Mom) <G>. I
    said "She knows where you are!!", but the cat made a beeline for my
    stinky feet, as far under the covers as she could get. But, it was rare
    she'd stay under there all night. My Mom had reasoned "I'll let Daryl
    deal with her...I'm going to bed myself!!". <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Jeff Smith@1:282/1031 to Daryl Stout on Wed Apr 17 16:50:06 2019
    Hello Daryl,


    Reminds me of the cat (an attitude with fur) that we had, named
    "Tandy" (yes, the same name as the parent company of the former Radio
    Shack chain).

    Ahhh... My first computer was a Tandy TRS-80. :-)

    She'd start sharpening her claws on the furniture, and my
    Mom would yell "Tandy!!", and clap her hands.

    My cat would prefer to sharpen her claws on my leg. The problem I have had since being a kid has been a lack of feeling in my arms and legs to cuts, pokes, scratches, or temperature. I would really notice it until I would see the claw/scratch marks. The cat also liked to chew on toes. :-) Eat... No... Chew... Yes.

    I had gone to bed just moments before, and had just about dozed
    off, when I heard "THUD!!". I wondered "WTH??!!"...and the next thing I
    knew, WHUMP!! Four elephant paws of a cold nosed cat, purring and
    pleading for me to "hide her from the mean old lady" (my Mom) <G>.

    We have two cats now. That way they can play and chew on each other. :-) When they are chasing each other they sound like they each have elephant feet. A couple times I would (Totally Unintentional) close a hall or bedroom door. Then when I would hear them running. I would sometimes hear a loud THUD as one
    would find an unexpected closed door. :-)

    Jeff

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JEFF SMITH on Sat Apr 20 12:44:00 2019
    Hello Daryl,

    Hi, Jeff...

    Reminds me of the cat (an attitude with fur) that we had, named
    "Tandy" (yes, the same name as the parent company of the former Radio
    Shack chain).

    Ahhh... My first computer was a Tandy TRS-80. :-)

    Mine was the TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer, with a 32K RAM
    Expansion module. Programs were loaded from/saved to a cassette tape.
    The favorite game?? Prehistoric Pinball. <G>

    My cat would prefer to sharpen her claws on my leg. The problem I have had JS>since being a kid has been a lack of feeling in my arms and legs to cuts, JS>pokes, scratches, or temperature. I would really notice it until I would see JS>the claw/scratch marks. The cat also liked to chew on toes. :-) Eat... No... JS>Chew... Yes.

    When my Mom was growing up, the school teachers were alarmed at how
    scratched up, etc. her arms were. They asked about it, and she said
    "That's from playing with my cat". <G>

    We have two cats now. That way they can play and chew on each other. :-) Whe JS>they are chasing each other they sound like they each have elephant feet. A JS>couple times I would (Totally Unintentional) close a hall or bedroom door. JS>Then when I would hear them running. I would sometimes hear a loud THUD as JS>would find an unexpected closed door. :-)

    They probably cussed under their breath..."Human!! This is going to
    cut down on our cuddle time"!! :P

    Daryl

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  • From Carol Shenkenberger@1:275/100 to Daryl Stout on Mon Apr 22 15:18:57 2019
    Re: USDA ending kitten experi
    By: Daryl Stout to JANIS KRACHT on Tue Apr 16 2019 01:21 pm

    Janis,

    I mean, the US government experiments on its own people so I'd not put i JK>> them to do this...but I've wandered off-topic.

    Yes, that's true..

    So the moderator will now get catty, and scratch out the eyes of the violator. <just kidding, Sean) <BG>.

    Daryl

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    xxdaisy-chan, carol's cat says meow..

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  • From Charles Stephenson@1:226/17 to Janis Kracht on Wed Apr 17 00:18:57 2019
    Re: USDA ending kitten experiments
    By: Janis Kracht to Sean Dennis on Mon Apr 15 2019 08:52 pm

    The VA supposedly ended its experiments on dogs recently but I'd have
    to verify that.

    Man another sick one.. I hope they have stopped.

    Wow... HOW Is this legal! WHO voted for this! :(
    Regards,
    KrUpTiOn
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