#WINNING: DOD-funded Animal Experimenters Must Disclose Spending

Posted by Arin Greenwood
15 June 2020 | Blog, Transparency

UPDATE, July 24, 2020: Exciting news! Yesterday the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, with WCW-backed COST Act language in it. We’ll keep you posted as the bill makes its way through the legislative process.

Original post:

Despite what Lysol advertisements may tell you, nothing disinfects like sunlight. To this end, for years, we have been working to pass the COST Act and ensure anyone wasting your tax dollars on animal experiments discloses how much they’re spending. We just scored a major win in the “war on waste.”

Thanks to advocacy from countless WCW advocates and leadership from WCW Waste Warrior awardee Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the Senate Armed Services Committee just passed legislation requiring anyone receiving grant funding from the Department of Defense to publicly disclose any and all taxpayer dollars spent on wasteful animal experiments and other projects. The bill now moves to the full Senate for a vote.

See, the DOD doesn’t want you to know how much it wasted on recent projects like addicting animals to cocaine and alcohol, feeding animals high-fat diets to make them obese, and forcing pigs to run on treadmills.

The language secured by Sen. Ernst in the 2021 defense spending bill–also known as the National Defense Authorization Act–closely mirrors her COST Act, which would apply this important spending disclosure measure across all government agencies.

Transparency is the only way to hold federal agencies and taxpayer-funded animal experimenters accountable for wasting money and abusing animals.

We will keep you posted on developments as the legislation moves through Congress.

Meantime, please tell Congress to pass the COST Act (S.807) to put a public price tag on all taxpayer-funded animal experiments.

Blog Comments

Pass the COST Act (S.807) to put a public price tag on all taxpayer-funded animal experiments.

Stop using animals for experiments!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us know what you are spending on animal testing and why.

this should be stopped immediately!

Irrelevant & uncorrelated to human biochemistry animal testing must be a research “slush fund” since tracking of these funds is non-existent. Only test on 10% of the animal numbers requested for funding, extrapolate the results to the requested population size and pocket the difference. Only the voiceless animals get hurt.

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