Beesly the Beagle Visits Lawmakers in DC!
Last year, White Coat Waste Project released “Broken Bureaucracy,” a report detailing how thousands of puppies each year are abused in wasteful, misleading, and expensive tests just to satisfy archaic FDA red tape. The report was part of our broader ‘Cut FDA Red Tape’ campaign that’s prompted Congress to introduce and enact legislation targeting the FDA’s outdated animal testing mandate.
This week, the WCW team traveled to Capitol Hill, alongside a powerful new ally in our fight to cut FDA red tape and get dogs out of labs: Beesly the beagle!
Beesly was once locked in a laboratory and force-fed drugs for months on end at 500 times the human dose. When her tests concluded, white coats were planning to kill and dissect her, even though she survived and was healthy! When some kind-hearted pharmaceutical execs heard about her fate, which would also befall several other dogs in the lab with Beesly… they took matters into their own hands, demanded the dogs be released and adopted the smiley beagles themselves. (We told you that drug makers don’t want to kill dogs!)
Beesly, along with her mom and dad, and team WCW met with Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), three lawmakers (and past WCW Waste Warrior awardees!) who have been at the forefront of efforts in Congress to end wasteful and cruel testing on dogs and retire the survivors.
Today @WhiteCoatWaste told me how Beagles are the most common dog used for animal testing since they are so docile & trusting of humans. It was heartwarming to meet Beesly, one of the dogs saved from the awful practice of animal testing. pic.twitter.com/g7JvPde3rV
— Pete Stauber (@RepPeteStauber) April 27, 2022
Beesly also made friends with staffers in the offices of other lawmakers who’ve supported WCW efforts to stop wasteful taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs and other animals, including Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), and WCW Waste Warrior awardee Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL):
I met Beasley today, a beagle rescued from a lab. Dogs & cats are family, but 1000’s are tested on each year. There are many alternatives to this testing that are more humane, less expensive, and more effective, so pups like Beasley can live happily with their forever homes. pic.twitter.com/RBCkq6XDKo
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) April 27, 2022
Sadly, until Congress takes action, the FDA is going to continue forcing dogs to suffer in wasteful tests, even though superior alternatives exist. You can help by telling Congress to pass the Alternatives to Animals for Regulatory Fairness (AARF) Act today to cut red tape and end the FDA’s outdated dog testing mandate!