White Coat Waste is a Project to get the U.S. government out of the cat experimentation business. We’ve done more than anyone to expose and close painful federal cat labs. In fact, we’ve shut them all down.
But one Biden Administration bureaucrat wants to restart this kitten cat-astrophe.
We’ve helped enact historic, first-of-its-kind legislation defunding the VA’s experiments on cats (and dogs and primates) and directing the agency to phase them out by 2025 (a measure Congress re-upped last month).
As a result of our lobbying and grassroots pressure, VA labs in Los Angeles, Louisville, and Cleveland have ended all their cat experiments (like drilling to their skulls, crippling them, and forcing them to run on treadmills). Our successful work to create a VA lab animal adoption policy also led to the retirement of some of the survivors, like the Stokes Sisters.
Currently, thanks to our campaign, no lab at the VA or any other federal agency is abusing cats in painful experiments.
But, if VA Secretary Denis McDonough gets his way, the VA will resume its cat–astrophic waste.
WCW’s investigation uncovered this image from the VA’s proposal to conduct a new painful & wasteful taxpayer-funded experiment on cats.
Our ongoing VA investigation has obtained a June 2022 letter from Secretary McDonough to Congress stating that the notorious Cleveland VA wants to conduct a new invasive experiment on cats just to test the durability of wiring connectors for a medical device.
Sec. McDonough claimed in his letter last year to Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) that this cat experiment is mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and federal law. But the FDA has never required cat testing, and last year we successfully worked with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and other members of Congress to overturn the outdated FDA animal testing red tape mandate cited by the VA.
The entire basis for the VA and Sec. McDonough’s request for this cat experiment is now dubious, yet the project is still being planned.
These wasteful and unnecessary cat experiments—in which cats would have wiring implanted into their legs and backs and be strapped into vests like the cats in the video above at the Cleveland VA—would be funded by taxpayers through a VA grant that raked in $426,785 just last year and was just renewed until April 2024.
The VA even ghoulishly writes in its proposal that it specifically chose cats for this painful experiment because of how playful they are!
Fortunately, we’ve confirmed that the VA has not purchased these cats or started this cruel and unnecessary experiment yet, so we still have a chance to stop it and save cats and tax dollars from government abuse.
The VA claims it will retire any cats who survive the 6-month experiment, but it admits that some of the cats may be killed.
Records obtained by WCW via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that cats abused in past device tests at the Cleveland VA have become sick, paralyzed, and were killed. And we’ve busted the Cleveland VA in the past for lying about adopting out “friendly” dogs that it really killed.
We’ve been rallying our millions of grassroots supporters to pressure the VA and have enlisted waste warriors Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Army veteran Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) to take the VA to task and hold it accountable.
In an April 2023 letter to Sec. McDonough citing WCW’s FOIA investigation of VA’s cat labs, Reps. Mast and Titus wrote that his “decision appears to be at odds with Congressional intent, federal law, and the VA’s own animal research policy and agency efforts to eliminate the use of cats.”
Despite writing to McDonough in April with their concerns about the questionable legality and necessity of the proposed cat experiments, Reps. Mast and Titus have yet to receive a response.
The stakes for “Stokes 7” couldn’t be higher. If we win, we won’t just save seven cats.
We’ll also close the VA’s entire kitten testing program…and send ALL of Uncle Sam’s painful cat experiments to the litter box of history!