“[S]tabbing, burning and shooting pigs and goats, and sometimes even dogs….” Is this how you want your money spent?
— The Hill (@thehill) October 26, 2019
White Coat Waste Project recently discovered that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Marshal’s Service (USMS)–both housed within the Department of Justice (DOJ)–spent $120,000 on contracts for outdated “live tissue training” (LTT) in which animals are violently inflicted with traumatic injuries so trainees can allegedly practice human medical skills. It’s as wasteful and cruel as it sounds.
Now, following discussions with WCW, influential lawmakers with oversight authority over the DOJ–House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Vice Chair of the DOJ’s funding panel Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA)–are taking action. In a new letter to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, they call out the LTT contracts that entail, as they explain, “stabbing, burning and shooting pigs and goats, and sometimes even dogs….”
The Congressmen write that, “the use of animals for this training is expensive, obsolete, unnecessary and opposed by most Americans” and that LTT has fallen out of favor because high-tech human simulators are more effective and cost-efficient. The lawmakers also ask a series of questions about the extent and cost of the DOJ’s LTT.
Is this how you want your money spent? Take a moment to write your Congress members and urge them to cut funding for wasteful animal experiments.