Sen. Rand Paul: NIH wasting $700K to hook zebrafish on nicotine…in the UK

Posted by Justin Goodman
25 November 2019 | Addicted to Spending, Newsworthy


While most of Washington is slowing down for the holiday season, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is escalating his war on waste as the national debt hits a record of $23 trillion.

In the new edition of his Waste Report, Sen. Paul, who serves as Chairman of the government spending oversight committee, exposes how the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $700,000 to addict zebrafish to nicotine in wasteful experiments at a university in the United Kingdom. As Sen. Paul–a WCW Waste Warrior awardeewrites in his report, “Everybody agrees that nicotine addiction is a problem. But you have to be smoking something other than nicotine if you think the solution is to ship American tax dollars abroad to addict zebrafish to nicotine.”


Last year, White Coat Waste Project shut down the government’s $5.5 million nicotine addiction tests on monkeys, and WCW’s new ad campaign targets NIH’s $6 million “junkie monkey” experiments. Clearly, Uncle Sam is addicted to spending.

In the recent past, Sen. Paul (R-KY) has exposed billions in wasteful spending, including a nearly half-million-dollar taxpayer-funded grant to study frog mating calls, $75,691 wasted to blast lizards with high-powered leaf blowers and $874,503 squandered to study the sexual habits of quails on cocaine.

To help combat this problem, earlier this year Sen. Paul helped introduce the Cost Openness and Spending Transparency (COST) Act (S.807) to improve public disclosure about how taxpayer dollars are spent on animal experiments and other wasteful projects.

Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent! If you haven’t already, urge your lawmakers to cosponsor the COST Act!

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