Progress: House votes to push EPA to curb taxpayer-funded animal tests

Posted by Justin Goodman
19 July 2018 | Newsworthy


Following White Coat Waste Project’s investigation and campaign exposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forced inhalation tests on animals–and advocacy by the majority of taxpayers who oppose this waste and abuse–lawmakers are taking action.  In the just-passed 2019 EPA funding bill, the House of Representatives included a bipartisan amendment co-sponsored by Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) that urges the EPA to reduce taxpayer-funded animal testing like that uncovered by WCW. The legislation (page 8) reads:

Intramural animal testing—The Committee commends EPA for recent progress towards reducing unnecessary animal testing by promoting the adoption of cutting-edge methodologies that allow chemical screening more efficiently and cost-effectively. The Committee encourages EPA to ensure that the Agency’s own research is also the subject of Agency efforts to reduce and replace animal tests.

The inclusion of the provision follows advocacy by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), letters to Congress from over 55,000 WCW supporters and a March 2018 letter WCW and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) sent to the House Appropriations Committee urging it to cut funding for in-house animal testing and maintain support for programs aimed at replacing wasteful animal tests.

Additionally, the EPA spending bill (pages 51-53) includes important language championed by EPA Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) maintaining funding for programs aimed at reducing animal testing conducted by and required by EPA, and encouraging more progress and transparency about these efforts.

If you haven’t yet, tell EPA and Congress to dump toxic waste on animal testing!

Blog Comments

Please Stop the abuse of animals


Stop this message 2018 you want to tell somebody you test in mates later on death row not an innocent animal. And stop using our money EPA you suck

Disgusting. Beyond cruel. Shame on you!


Im glad they are going to discontinue these
Tests on animals.


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