Big Government Gone Wild! WCW Cut EPA’s Wasteful Spending. Now We’re Rescuing the Survivors

Posted by Arin Greenwood
23 October 2020 | Blog

We’ve told the story of how WCW ended taxpayer-funded animal testing at the Environmental Protection Agency, becoming the first agency ever to set a benchmark and timeline for the complete phase-out of taxpayer-funded animal testing.

We love telling that story. It’s a great and happy story!

We’ve honored EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for his historic contributions to ending taxpayer-funded animal experimentation, awarding him White Coat Waste Project’s first-ever Greenbaum Policy Pioneer Award for his visionary leadership.

But that’s not the end. Our work’s not done yet.

Now WCW is fighting for the survivors of the wasteful EPA experiments that Administrator Wheeler is commendably shutting down.

L-R: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler accepts Greenbaum Policy Pioneer Award from White Coat Waste Project adviser Louise Linton and WCW VP Justin Goodman at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on October 14, 2020. Photo credit: EPA

More than two years ago, WCW uncovered evidence that the EPA was abusing 20,000 rabbits, mice, and other victims each year in wasteful, cruel, expensive experiments.

The tests our investigators exposed included:

One of the most disturbing & strange ongoing EPA intramural projects we brought to light through our investigations involved the EPA placing male rabbits in a cage with a female “teaser” rabbit.

A screenshot from EPA experiment protocol documents WCW investigators obtained.

When the male mounted the female, the government white coats would introduce a lubricated “artificial vagina” filled with warm water to collect the rabbits’ sperm, which was used “for cell culture testing of environmental chemicals.”


Another screenshot from EPA experiment protocol documents WCW investigators obtained.

Some the rabbits have been kept at the EPA for nearly a decade. But the bunnies haven’t been given the opportunity to be adopted into a home after they were no longer “useful” as sperm machines.

Instead they’re routinely killed “when ejaculate quality or antibody production declines,” according to documents we obtained last year through the Freedom of Information Act.

With your help, and Administrator Wheeler’s leadership, we made the EPA commit to ending these and other wasteful animal tests.

And we’ve been working with Congress since last year to free these very bunnies and urge the EPA to adopt an agency-wide lab animal retirement policy.

It’s time to do right by the survivors.

We paid for them. We should have a say in what happens to them now.

Please join us in thanking Administrator Wheeler for his groundbreaking and visionary leadership in ending taxpayer-funded animal testing at the EPA, and ask him to retire the rabbits and other survivors of the testing he’s ended.

Click here to send Administrator Wheeler a tweet!

Blog Comments

Please retire the poor bunnies let them be adopted out or sent to a rescue

Pls stop these inhumane and unnecessary tests !!!

Come On People!!! We do enough destruction in this World… Show some common sense. Compassion, get back to Loving & God. Greed is a Nasty Addiction. Please stop this destruction. In Jesus Name, Amen

May the powers that be see justice serve to those who embark on these senseless abuse…Stop these inhumane and unnecessary tests! ANIMALs were NOT created for human testing purposes.

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