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USDA is turning lab cats into cannibals by forcing them to eat feline meat, watchdog says

Government scientists fed lab cats the meat of other cats and dogs, purchased in markets overseas, according to a report from an advocacy organization devoted to eliminating wasteful spending in research.  The organization alleges that the lab cats, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture houses at a facility in Beltsville, Md., were fed tongues, brains and hearts of cats purchased in at a meat market in China. Dogs purchased from shelters in Colombia and Brazil were killed, the report claims; then their brains, tongues and hearts were fed to the research cats. The goal was to study the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis, a flulike disease that can infect humans for weeks or months.  Read more...



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