Republican Representative Mike Bishop of Maine is sponsoring a bill that would end cruel and needless experiments on kittens and cats, then euthanizing and bagging them as if they’re trash for incineration. The USDA’s latest revealed experiments, if you look up Representative Bishop or the KITTEN Bill, involve feeding kittens toxoplasmosis infected feces in their food for 2-3 weeks, then, once feces is examined, euthanizing and incinerating.
The point is to develop a vaccine against toxoplasmosis, generally an infection that can be serious for pregnant women and AIDS patients. Why develop this vaccine?
While I’m normally in the pro vaccine camp, there are natural ways to prevent the spread of this parasite, particularly if immune suppressed or pregnant. Not eating un or undercooked meat and thorough washing of hands after handling it helps, as does not consuming unwashed fruit.
If pregnant, the first prenatal exam that doctor will ask “have you a cat” and most likely ask for a blood test looking for Toxoplasma gondii. Thorough hand washing after cleaning the cat box and wearing a mask during this time is also a preventive.
In healthy individuals, toxoplasma, if presenting symptoms, is generally mild, but in the other groups is where it causes serious complications, and there are preventive measures to take if fitting this description. Animals, IMO, are being subjected to needless cruelty and killing for a vaccine that’s largely unnecessary.
According to another source, Rep Bishop is also wanting an accountability of the V A’s inhumane use of dogs in experiments. I love this man and the work he’s doing on behalf of the animals.