#GIVETHEMBACK: Congress pushes agencies to retire lab animals

Posted by Justin Goodman
27 July 2018 | Featured, Newsworthy


When wasteful government animal experiments are defunded, canceled or completed, taxpayers want dogs, cats and primates who survive the abuse to be given a second chance in loving homes or sanctuaries. We bought them, and we want Uncle Sam to #GiveThemBack. That’s why White Coat Waste Project secured the retirement of monkeys to a sanctuary from a Food and Drug Administration nicotine laboratory, and is working with Congress to get dogs out of Department of Veterans Affairs labs and cats released from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s kitten slaughterhouse.

Clockwise L-R: Cat at USDA’s “kitten slaughterhouse” in Beltsville, MD; squirrel monkey in FDA’s now-defunct nicotine addiction lab; and a dog confined at the VA’s “maximum pain” lab in Richmond, VA.

Now, a powerful bipartisan coalition of over two dozen influential Congress members led by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA)–both 2017 WCW Waste Warriors–wants to see this happen across the entire federal government.

In a letter sent to eight agency heads this morning, the lawmakers–citing several of WCW’s victories, related state laws and support from the scientific community–wrote:

Our constituents are increasingly concerned about the welfare of animals used in federally-funded research and strongly support research animal adoption and retirement. We agree that cats, dogs and primates that survive taxpayer-funded government research should be provided with an opportunity to find suitable non-laboratory homes at the completion of studies.

The letter expresses concern about a lack of agency policies on this issue and requests information from the department heads on their use of dogs, cats and primates in experiments and any agency activity related to the retirement of animals no longer needed in experiments. The request was sent to agencies currently using thousands of these animals in experiments, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Days after the letter was sent, the VA confirmed a new policy encouraging the retirement of animals from its laboratories.

Rep. Paulsen and Boyle’s letter was co-signed by a bipartisan coalition of influential lawmakers including (in alphabetical order) Mike Bishop (D-MI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R-NY), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Gene Green (D-TX), Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), John Lewis (D-GA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Dina Titus (D-NV), Dave Trott (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

Tell Congress to retire lab animals at the end of government experiments!

Blog Comments

Free them. There is enough suffering in the world without artificially creating it for useless medical efforts. These labs are scarier than prisons, with the noises, chemicals, needles and blades. Whu subject animals who have done nothing wrong to a worse fate than prisoners. Animals belong on trees, forests, rivers and all that is beautiful about earth.

Save the Animals

Save the Animals

We agree that cats, dogs and primates that survive taxpayer-funded government research should be provided with an opportunity to find suitable non-laboratory homes at the completion of studies.

Animals need us to be their devoted and dedicated stewards. They are precious beings who should be cherished!💖

How about no testing on these poor babies in the first place. Yes we are all for these poor babies getting amazing homes, but your saying after they get tested on. How about keep them from getting tested on in the first place. These poor babies should never have to go through this. It’s so heartbreaking.

Protect the innocent animals that are suffering from the hands of humans. SAD to say that we are the most destructive generation in history. The worst thing about this is we are destroying the innocent animals that needs our help. The innocent animals that are suffering for the cause of what? Money ? That’s not a good reason for this to be happening. We have to change the way we do things like this. Society today is so screwed up and wrong. We have advanced technology to do this. STOP THE KILLING OF INNOCENT ANIMALS. They deserve better than this.

Free these animals. They are being tortured by useless experiments. It’s time to protect these animals.

Please free the lab animals! They deserve a normal life, loved and cared for!

People are sick of this type of animal abuse ! It needs to stop – more people are becoming aware …..

quit using animals for research

give all animals a good retirement home after their ordeal

Just stop it and do the right thing and we all know what that is!

animales need to be taken care of for all they have suffered at the hand of cruel men.

Animals shouldn’t be used for experimentation in the first place!!

Not more abuse the animals

No more abuse!!!

Please let them all go to a sanctuary and adopt them out. Enough is enough. LET THEM GO!

Please let these kittens and cats go up for adoption.
Taxpayers paid for these cats, give them back to us to love for the remainder of their lives.
Thank you!
Cynthia Yarris

I am sick and tired of animals being used in useless experiments. there are computers that do a better job. what is done to those helpless beasts is evil.

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