Citing WCW Investigations, Congressmembers Back Bipartisan Bills to Defund NIH Dog Tests & Foreign Animal Labs

20 September 2023 | Blog


At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, Republican and Democratic lawmakers cited White Coat Waste Project’s BeagleGate and Worldwide Waste investigations to bolster support for bipartisan bills to defund wasteful and cruel experiments on dogs and other animals at home and overseas.

The powerful Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s single largest funder of animal testing.

Waste Warrior awardee Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) testified in support of her WCW-backed Accountability in Foreign Animal Research (AFAR) Act to defund animal labs in hostile nations. In her testimony, she detailed her work with WCW to stop NIH funding for animal labs in Russia and China, including our successful efforts together to defund the Wuhan lab and all Russian animal labs like Putin’s cat experiments.

Rep. Don Davis (D-NC) also testified in favor of the AFAR Act, which he is co-leading with Rep. McClain.

Additionally, Waste Warrior awardee Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) urged the committee to support his Protecting Dogs Subjected to Experiments Act, which is supported by WCW and would defund all NIH dog testing.

In his testimony to the Committee, Rep. Steube cited WCW’s Beaglegate investigations to highlight the egregious government waste and senseless canine cruelty currently being funded by the NIH.

Rep. Steube correctly explained to the Committee that his bipartisan bill would “reduce wasteful government spending by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on unnecessary research that harms dogs” and that, “We don’t need to spend tax dollars on cruel dog experiments to advance science.”

We’re grateful to Reps. Steube, McClain, and Davis for fighting for taxpayers and leading bipartisan efforts to defund expensive, wasteful, dangerous, and inhumane animal tests in the U.S. and abroad.

Reckless spending is the problem, and they know the solution:

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