The White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has been leading a historic campaign to end wasteful spending at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA).
WCW recently shut down the VA’s last painful dog lab. We’ve been making rapid progress to end its taxpayer-funded cat labs, too.
In December 2019, WCW submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the VA’s photos, videos, invoices, veterinary records, and grant applications.
We exposed how the Louisville lab bought dozens of healthy female kittens for $881 apiece.
VA white coats damaged their spines and forced the disabled cats to navigate obstacle courses like this:
The survivors were then handed over to another lab where white coats mutilated kittens’ legs and cut out their brain stems…
…while the cats were still alive.
“Decerebration” is a fancy term for severing a living cat’s brain stem and turning her into a zombie.
After that, the decerebrated zombie kittens were forced to run on treadmills. (Here’s a video of a decerebrated cat on a treadmill, to give you a sense of what it looks like.)
The Louisville lab planned to waste 80 kittens.
Cats like “Pecan” (gov’t ID #15KQC4)—a female mackerel tabby who was “eager for head rubs and chin rubs.”
And this “very friendly and affectionate” female grey tabby (gov’t ID #19008):
WCW united Republicans and Democrats to put the Louisville lab on the hot seat:
This big win also follows our hard-hitting campaign, which:
This win puts us closer than ever to sending all of Uncle Sam’s wasteful cat labs to the litter box of history.