BUSTED: WCW Files NIH Complaint Over Max Pain Tick Experiments on Puppies

Posted by Amanda Nieves
04 January 2024 | Blog


  • White Coat Waste is a Project to get the U.S. government out of the dog testing business 
  • New documents obtained by WCW show NIH is currently wasting millions to fund new maximum pain tick infestation experiments on beagle puppies at the University of Missouri. The project has received $11.4 million to date.
  • Beagle puppies as young as four months old are being infested with mutant ticks and being denied any pain relief.
  • WCW has filed a federal complaint detailing how this NIH-funded max pain dog lab has been violating federal law by not properly disclosing its taxpayer-funded spending.
  • WCW’s Beaglegate campaign has exposed how the NIH is the worst offender when it comes to taxpayer-funded dog tests. 

Remember when the Kansas 108 made national headlines?
NIH moved these tests to Missouri!

PuppiesPyrenees, and even pets—no dogs are safe from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) wasteful and cruel spending. White Coat Wastes Project’s (WCW) Beaglegate campaign has exposed how the NIH is public enemy #1 when it comes to government dog abuse.

The NIH’s notorious National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)—which we exposed for funding, among other abuses, deadly sand fly experiments on dogs in Tunisia and abandoned pets in Iowa—is one of the worst offenders.

In 2021, we exposed a $5 million-plus NIAID-funded experiment at Kansas State University in which 6-month-old beagle puppies were injected with lab-made mutant bacteria and infested with hundreds of ticks. 

NIH Max Pain Tick Experiments

Now, new documents obtained by WCW through public records requests detail how this same NIAID-funded white coat has moved their puppy torture operation to the University of Missouri.

Here, they are, once again, infesting hundreds of beagle puppies with ticks in painful experiments, and completely withholding any pain relief from many of the dogs.   

The cruel and wasteful project is currently funded by three different NIH grants, which have received $11.4 million to date and are scheduled to run through 2026! 

NIH Max Pain Tick Experiments

The NIAID-funded white coats plan to abuse 398 Beagle puppies as young as 4 months old for these experiments, including 52 in maximum pain experiments, by strapping capsules full of hungry ticks to their bare skin for “infestations.” Records obtained by WCW show that 40 of the puppies have already been acquired. 

NIH Max Pain Tick Experiments

The NIAID-funded white coats explicitly state that they specifically selected beagles for the maximum pain experiments because they’re easy to abuse and readily available.  

NIH Max Pain Tick Experiments

The white coats confirm in several different documents that they will withhold pain relief from many of the puppies, and that some dogs may be killed. 

NIH Max Pain Tick Experiments

We’ve just filed a federal complaint documenting this max pain dog lab’s failure to properly disclose its millions in taxpayer funding–a violation of federal spending transparency law–and calling for the white coats to be defunded.

In recent years, WCW has cut the NIH’s in-house dog testing by 95 percent, but the agency is still wasting millions on abusive dog experiments in outside labs like these.  

Is this how you want your money spent?    

We’re working with lawmakers to cut all funding for NIH dog testing, in the agency’s own labs and ones outside of the Beltway.

Tell your Congress members to cosponsor the Protecting Dogs Subjected to Experiments Act to defund dog abuse bankrolled with your tax dollars by the NIH. 

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