White Coat Waste Project is proud to announce the six recipients of our inaugural “Congressional Waste Warrior” awards for the 114th Congress. The prize recognizes Members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on critical efforts to expose and stop wasteful spending on unnecessary animal experimentation inside government laboratories. Recent polls show that a majority of Americans oppose animal experiments and want federal spending for them cut.
Our 2016 honorees, who will receive their trophies during private presentations, are:
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Authors the influential Waste Book, which this year documented 50 troubling examples of outrageous and bizarre federal spending including projects forcing hamsters to fight and running fish on treadmills.
Introduced an amendment to the FY17 defense spending bill requesting a study of financial and educational benefits of using modern and cost-effective human simulation to replace millions spent annually to shoot animals for outdated military medic training. For years, Sen. Blumenthal has led this effort, and it is now endorsed by the New York Times
Original cosponsor of the AWARE Act to prevent abuse and waste in animal laboratories at the USDA following a New York Times expose of the Meat Animal Research Center
Led a successful effort that ended a wasteful multi-million dollar psychological experiments on baby monkeys at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Maryland
Led successful effort to defund federal licensing of “random source” animal dealers that often illegally sold lost and stolen dogs and cats to laboratories, calling oversight of these serially-abusive companies an “unjustifiable drain” on taxpayers’ resources
Advocated to expedite retirement of NIH-owned chimpanzees, which will save taxpayers millions of dollars
Cosponsored the BEST Practices Act to replace expensive and unnecessary animal use for military medic training with superior and cost-effective human simulators
Cosponsored the AWARE Act to prevent abuse and waste in animal laboratories at the USDA following a New York Times expose of the Meat Animal Research Center
We are also pleased to present our “Accountability All-Star” awards to exceptional Congressional staffers who have contributed significantly to efforts to expose and end wasteful animal experiments. The awardees are:
Elizabeth Decker (Legislative Assistant, Rep. Dina Titus)