Wasteful white coats are at it again.
It’s bad enough that the National Science Foundation (NSF) squanders our tax dollars to fund the shady EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) and put grizzly bears and dead turtles on treadmills and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded horrendous kitten cannibalism experiments using cat meat it purchased from filthy wet markets in China (Fortunately, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) shut these tests down and retired the survivors!).
Now, waste warrior Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) latest Squeal Report has uncovered that these bureaucrats wasted our money to train dolphins on iPads and teach pigs to play video games. And to coincide with Sunshine Week, she’s re-introduced important transparency legislation to fight this waste by ensuring taxpayers know how their money is being spent.
We already know that dolphins and pigs are smart. The white coats wasting taxpayer dollars to teach animals to play video games are the ones who need intelligence tests.
Sadly, these boondoggles are just the tip of the iceberg.
Last year, we worked with Sen. Ernst to successfully expose and stop Anthony Fauci’s plan to waste $1.8 million for five cruel and completely unnecessary experiments on puppies to test a new seasonal allergy drug.
In all, the NSF, USDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies waste over $20 billion a year on outdated, inefficient, and cruel animal experiments at home and abroad, including at dozens of shady animal labs in Russia and China.
What’s worse, for years, we’ve extensively documented how these same rogue animal labs regularly violate with impunity long-standing federal law requiring that they disclose how they’re spending taxpayer dollars.
To tackle this problem, Sen. Ernst has just re-introduced the Cost Openness and Spending Transparency (COST) Act. The COST Act requires that taxpayer-funded animal experimenters publicly disclose how much of the public’s money they’re spending and on what. Here’s some more background on our work with Sen. Ernst on this effort. WCW Waste Warrior awardee Rep. Ralph Norman has re-introduced the House version of the COST Act, too.
A majority of taxpayers oppose government animal experiments, and a staggering 72 percent think federally-funded animal labs should be required to disclose how our money is spent.
Taxpayers have the right to know who’s paying the bills… and who’s cashing the checks.
They’re abusing animals on your dime while keeping you in the dark. Let’s pass the COST Act and bring these rogue labs into the light, where you can see them and hold them accountable.