Jun 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) met with award-winning cat advocate and Animal Planet expert “The Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw—a former North Carolina resident—and representatives from the White Coat Waste Project, a nonpartisan watchdog group working to end wasteful taxpayer-funded experiments on animals. The group visited to thank Congressman Jones for cosponsoring H.R. 5780, the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act (KITTEN Act). This legislation, introduced by Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-8), would prevent the United States Department of Agriculture from conducting outdated taxpayer-funded medical research that causes significant pain, distress, or death to cats and kittens.

“As a long-time cat owner, I was alarmed that the federal government has been secretively spending American’s tax dollars for archaic experiments on kittens, and then needlessly killing the healthy animals at the end of the project,” said Congressman Jones. “Abusing pets in government labs with taxpayers’ money has to stop and I’ll continue to fight until it does.”

Congressman Jones has long been a leader for animal protection legislation. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 3197, the PUPPERS Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Dave Brat (VA-7) to prevent painful dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jones applauded President Trump for signing into law a version of this legislation that was included in the FY18 federal spending bill, and now, at Congressman Jones’ request, has been included in the FY19 Veterans Affairs spending bill.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.