OK, before we even get started , note the date — this is NOT an April Fools’ Day post, much as we wish it were.
No, apparently our government actually was doing some sadistic mad science that involved forcing cats to engage in cannibalism.
( We still can’t believe this is real either …)
After the study was reported widely by NBC News , the USDA was quick to shut down their” Kitten Cannibalism” project, releasing a statement saying ” toxoplasmosis research has been redirected and the use of cats as part of any research protocol in any ARS laboratory has been discontinued and will not be reinstated .”
They explained their decision without a hint of accountability, writing 😛 TAGEND
” ARS toxoplasmosis research has reached its maturity and ARS considers the project’s objectives for agriculture achieved. While there is still additional research needed in this area considering human health, this research area is outside of USDA’s stated mission .”
The 14 healthy cats remaining at the facility are to be put up for adoption.
Would YOU like to take home an adorable lab kitten ??
[ Image via WENN .]