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N.Y. cats test positive for COVID-19
April 22, 2020Two domestic cats in New York State have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL).
USDA no longer experimenting on cats and kittens
April 3, 2019The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says it will no longer carry out parasite experiments on cats and kittens, a practice that ultimately resulted in their being euthanized. The announcement comes weeks after U.S. congressmen Brian Mast and Jimmy Panetta introduced the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019. At the time, Mast said the USDA was breeding kittens for the sole purpose of feeding them raw meat …
U.S. congressmen introduce bill to end deadly experiments on kittens
March 11, 2019A new bill has been introduced to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop performing harmful experiments on felines. U.S. congressmen Brian Mast and Jimmy Panetta have introduced the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019. “The fact we need a piece of legislation to tell the federal government to stop killing kittens is ridiculous on its face, but what’s even worse is when you hear the government is actually …
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy-positive beef cow discovered in Florida
August 30, 2018The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reported an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or “mad cow disease,” a neurologic disease of cattle, in a six-year-old mixed-breed beef cow in Florida. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the U.S., stressed the USDA. According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services …