USDA Ends Decades Of “Cannibal” Experiments On Cats

NBC News reports:

Government scientists announced Tuesday that they’re pulling the plug on a research program that’s resulted in the deaths of thousands of cats.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Services lab had been infecting cats with toxoplasmosis and then euthanizing them since 1982 as part of its effort to combat the foodborne illness.

The USDA’s announcement comes two weeks after NBC News reported on a study that found ARS scientists had bought hundreds of dogs and cats from “Asian meat markets” and then had them euthanized and fed to healthy cats at their Maryland lab.