In 2021, WCW ended more government animal labs than ALL other groups…combined.
Let’s recap the year’s top wins in the War on Waste:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen a story or two about cruel experiments on beagles funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve seen even more, because WCW exposed ALL of them. Six, to be precise.
Dr. Fauci’s division at the National Institutes of Health @NIH wasted over $424,000 on deadly and unnecessary experiments on beagles. Thank you @WhiteCoatWaste for the expose! #BeagleGate #PaulsPupshttps://t.co/o9MMBI3H7U
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 25, 2021
Bipartisan legislators demand answers from Fauci on ‘cruel’ puppy experiments | TheHill https://t.co/pCOdQ2T8hZ
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) October 23, 2021
But we know that taking flak means we’re over the target.
The White Coat Waste Project said a Freedom of Information Act request showed the testing of beagles took place, and that the dogs were eventually euthanized. https://t.co/MfFsr2DfT0
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 6, 2021
Reports of cruel and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on puppies commissioned by @NIAIDNews are disturbing and alarming. Joined a bipartisan group of Members in calling for answers. Our letter led by @RepNancyMace ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LVo0YJTGCH
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) October 25, 2021
We remain unbowed, unbent, and unbroken — and we will keep fighting the War on Fauci’s Waste!
We thought we were done with the Wuhan lab in 2020.
We even got President Trump to cancel the infamous EcoHealth grant. But Washington bureaucracy runs VERY deep.
In 2021, WCW shocked the world (again) when we exposed how the Wuhan Lab is still eligible for animal testing payouts!
We even got President Biden to sign this bill into law, too!
6-month-old kittens. Suffocated. De-brained.
That’s what our successful Freedom of Information Act lawsuit exposed in early 2021.
The VA’s Los Angeles lab wasted $5 million to abuse and kill kittens — but WCW SHUT IT DOWN — just days after our investigation aired on CBS News!
The Veteran’s Administration now says it has ended experiments on cats in West LA — at least for now. https://t.co/vuh9zht8mw
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 12, 2021
Last year, WCW exposed how the VA’s Cleveland lab was slaughtering kittens in wasteful “cat-stipation” (i.e. constipation) experiments.
What a load of crap — literally.
This year, WCW also SHUT DOWN these ‘crappy’ experiments, once and for all.
Taxpayer money should have never gone into cruel cat and monkey experiments in the first place. This is good news for animal lovers across our country.https://t.co/BFvwc9mJ5E
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) November 16, 2021
At the start of 2021, there were four painful experiments on cats in the federal government.
Now there are two.
WCW is on the verge of completely ending Uncle Sam’s Cat-astrophic waste!
2021 was a good year for WCW — and a bad year for VA monkey business.
WCW has been cleaning up the VA’s animal experiments for years, including the Minneapolis primate lab which — as we exposed through FOIA — had been squandering $7 million of your tax dollars on angel dust experiments.
These cruel, tax-funded experiments included drilling holes into monkeys’ skulls to inject PCP into their brainshttps://t.co/XeBfn04bL7
— One Green Planet (@OneGreenPlanet) August 17, 2021
Here’s the bad news: this wasteful monkey business had been extended for several more years and approved to abuse even more monkeys.
But here’s the good news: WCW ended the experiments early!
Following this massive win, WCW scored a second DECISIVE VICTORY:
WCW also SHUT DOWN the VA lab in West Haven, CT where government white coats severed the spines of “calm [and] easy to handle” vervet monkeys, then forced them to perform dexterity tests in exchange for food.
Your tax bill for this was 9 million dollars.
Now it’s ZERO.
We’re not going to stop fighting. There’s only one VA primate lab left.
WCW is proud to be the ONLY group to shut down a primate lab in the United States since 2015!
WCW’s campaign to CUT FDA RED TAPE continued in full force in 2021.
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) May 7, 2021
In May, we released Broken Bureaucracy, a first-of-its-kind investigation of how thousands of puppies are killed each year just to satisfy FDA’s animal testing mandate
Then, because we like to SOLVE problems (in addition to exposing them) we worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to introduce the AARF Act.
This important bill would help Cut FDA Red Tape, allowing industry to use modern alternatives to puppies in pharmaceutical testing.
Just one month after we released Broken Bureaucracy, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FDA’s 2022 funding bill, which includes WCW-backed language directing the agency to issue a detailed report on its efforts to allow drug makers to avoid wasteful and cruel animal testing.
After so many #BeagleGate and Wuhan lab exposés, we knew that Dr. Fauci wasted a LOT of money on cruel animal experiments.
But even we weren’t prepared for the horrors we would find on Monkey Island.
Every year, around 500 monkeys are captured from their home on Morgan Island, SC and shipped to Fauci-run labs, where they’re subjected to batteries of extraordinarily painful experiments, and infected with the most dangerous and deadly diseases known to man.
Your tax bill? $13.5 million.
This sounds like a terrible movie: there’s an island off the coast of S. Carolina where Fauci’s NIAID has monkeys bred for animal experiments. NIAID has spent nearly $9M to breed monkeys to be injected with Ebola, Tuberculosis and other deadly viruses. https://t.co/vNlg6DgswX
— Leighton Woodhouse (@lwoodhouse) November 17, 2021
The deeper I dig into taxpayer funded animal testing, the more horrific it gets. 600 monkeys are captured every year from Monkey Island and subjected to cruel and barbaric testing, without pain relief. Just. Disgusting.https://t.co/okANy0ogdT
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) December 1, 2021
WCW then accompanied Mace on this fact-finding trip:
Today, I took a trip to Morgan Island with @whitecoatwaste to learn more about what’s really going on at ‘Monkey Island.’ As we recently learned — gruesome, taxpayer-funded studies on these monkeys are happening from our own backyard. It needs to stop. Now. 🛑 🙊 #MonkeyIsland pic.twitter.com/g4nBByHakn
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) December 17, 2021
Public outcry has been loud and swift.
“In many of these experiments, Fauci and staff intentionally withhold pain relief,” Goodman said.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 29, 2021
And media coverage went VIRAL:
First: in 2018, WCW exposed how the Environmental Protection Agency was abusing 20,000 small mammals every year.
Next: in 2020, WCW’s launched another effort to retire the EPA’s bunny survivors.
FINALLY, on January 20, 2021 — his final day in office — EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler worked with WCW to give EPA’s lab bunnies a parting gift: a pardon.
EPA chief orders last-minute pardon to agency’s research rabbits https://t.co/5n03KRrHep
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 20, 2021
Now WCW is working to ensure all government agencies have policies allowing survivors to be retired after WCW closes the labs.
And we reintroduced Violet’s Law (aka AFTER Act) to help retire ALL lab survivors… across the entire federal government!
Government lab survivors aren’t the only ones we retired in 2021.
We also retired the government’s top lab funder, too.
NIH Director Francis Collins resigned amid the Wuhan lab and gain-of-function (GoF) funding scandal, first exposed by WCW.
Collins (and Fauci!) supported GoF for a long, long time. But, NIH denied it.
Well, this year, WCW’s investigators discovered the smoking gun, confirmed GoF research took place and helped kick Collins to the curb.
“This is terrific! We are very happy to hear that our Gain of Function research funding pause has been lifted,” Peter Daszak emailed an NIH official.
These docs about NIH funding of research at the Wuhan Institute obtained by @WhiteCoatWaste are incrediblehttps://t.co/ETZOGLoFDr
— Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) November 4, 2021
Yes, Virginia, there is GoF research at the Wuhan lab. You paid for it. And WCW just defunded it.
As we say goodbye to 2021, let’s also say “so long” to Dr. Collins.
Wuhan isn’t alone.
So in July, WCW launched a brand new investigation, Worldwide Waste, along with a new campaign to CUT NIH FOREIGN AID — because we think it’s ludicrous that U.S. taxpayers waste $140 million (!) every year on pointless and dangerous animal experiments all around the world.
The National Institutes of Health has hiked spending on animal experiments carried out abroad by almost a quarter in the last two years. https://t.co/ugJz6kOPPK
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 6, 2021
Shortly after the release of Worldwide Waste, the House Appropriations Committee included a WCW-backed measure in the NIH’s 2022 spending bill requesting information about oversight of animal experiments in foreign countries.
WCW worked with 14 lawmakers who wrote to the NIH, demanding information on these international expenditures:
13 of my @HouseGOP colleagues and I are demanding answers from the @NIH on the agency’s use of taxpayer dollars for foreign animal research, especially if those dollars are funding projects that put our nation’s national security and health at risk.
Full letter📰⤵️ pic.twitter.com/lz03u1QgNM
— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) July 26, 2021
WCW also worked with Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) to introduce the AFAR Act which would prohibit your paycheck from being shipped to animal labs in foreign countries like Russia and China.
Good, common-sense idea, right?
We thought so, too.
WCW is waging an unceasing WAR on WASTE — wasteful spending, wasteful experiments, and the cruel, unnecessary waste of life.
But we’re not just fighting, we’re WINNING — and the reason we’re winning is because of grassroots advocates like you.
Our average donation in was just $30.47. Unlike big groups, we didn’t take one dime of PPP bailout money either.
We couldn’t do it without you. We mean it.
Now, with your support, we’re going to make 2022 one for the record books!