Progress: Spending bill urges EPA to curb animal tests after WCW exposé

Posted by Justin Goodman
15 February 2019 | Dump, Newsworthy

UPDATE (2/15/19): After being passed by Congress this summer, this legislation has been signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of a 2019 federal spending bill.

Original post (7/19/18) 

Following White Coat Waste Project’s campaign to end 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 that urges the EPA to reduce taxpayer-funded animal testing like that uncovered by WCW. The legislation (page 55) 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 amendment was co-sponsored by Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and approved for inclusion by EPA Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN). 

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 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 54-55) includes important language championed by 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 the 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.


Please stop these idiotic tests!

About time.

This is pure Evil at work. Consider this, If the people doing this to animals without any regard to their feelings or life for that matter, what would stop them from doing it to humans? Are these the type of people you would trust to be around your Children? Where are they acquiring the Animals? I have heard that many of them are obtained from Animal shelters. The pet you may have had to surrender could have gone to one of these Labs instead of being adopted like they told you.

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