Lawsuit asking for more transparency at USDA lab that kills healthy kittens

A lawsuit has been filed against the USDA after allegations The Animal Parisitic Disease Lab in Beltsville, MD killed kittens during experiments. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 (ABC7 photo)

The Animal Parasitic Disease Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, has killed thousands of two-month-old kittens even though the kittens are healthy after undergoing experiments related to food borne illnesses in humans.

The D.C. watchdog group White Coat Waste Project wants the tests to end and until that happens demands the kittens be adopted out.

It just filed this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in U.S. District Court after it claims the U.S.D.A didn't fulfill its request to hand over veterinary records, daily logs and emails.

"They kept this project a secret for virtually 50 years and have been fighting tooth and nail to release details about it. We are not going to let them go dark again,” said Justin Goodman with White Coat Waste Project.

ABC7 News discovered in June the lab has killed almost 3,000 kittens and cats. The I-Team is still waiting for the USDA to hand over lab records that back up its number of kittens euthanized.

USDA tells 7 On Your Side it does not comment on pending litigation.

Congress is now looking at the Kitten Act of 2018 that is calling for an end to the experiments at the lab.

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