Citing WCW, 23 Bipartisan Lawmakers Lambast NIH-Funded Dog and Cat Labs

Posted by Amanda Nieves
19 January 2024 | Blog


  • White Coat Waste is a Project to get the U.S. government out of the dog and cat testing business
  • Citing WCW investigations, a bipartisan coalition of 23 Congressmembers is demanding details from the NIH about its funding of wasteful and cruel experiments on tens of thousands of dogs and cats in labs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • WCW has exposed how the NIH is the government’s worst offender when it comes to taxpayer-funded dog and cat experiments.

White Coat Wastes Project’s (WCW) Beaglegate campaign has exposed how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is public enemy #1 when it comes to government dog and cat abuse. For years, we’ve been leading the charge to unite Democrats and Republicans in Congress to investigate and defund the NIH’s multi-million-dollar wasteful spending spree on cruel and outdated experiments on innocent pets across the country, even overseas.

In recent years, we’ve uncovered how the NIH is wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year to infest puppies with ticks and withhold pain relief, breed hundreds beagles and other dogs to suffer from genetic diseases and deadly bleeding disorders, torture abandoned pet dogs with biting sand flies, infect beagles with pneumonia and bleed them out, and breed kittens to suffer from loss of muscle control, difficulty walking, vision loss, tremors, and early death. We’ve even exposed and stopped the NIH from throwing cash at deadly dog tests when they are entirely unnecessary, and alternatives are readily available.

Now, citing these WCW investigations, Waste Warriors Reps. Greg Steube (R-FL), Dina Titus (D-NV), and 21 colleagues are demanding answers and accountability from new NIH Director (and animal experimenter) Monica Bertagnolli.

In a letter fired off today, the lawmakers write they, “are alarmed by the pain and suffering being inflicted on dogs and cats in NIH-funded labs with taxpayer dollars.”

They go on to request details on how much taxpayer money NIH spent on painful dog and cat experiments in 2023, a list of all the experiments it funded, details on any NIH efforts to cut dog and cat testing and an accounting of how many dogs and cats have been retired from NIH-funded labs.

Other Republican and Democrat lawmakers who signed the letter to NIH with Reps. Steube and Titus include Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Mike Carey (R-OH), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jill Tokuda (D-HI), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Laurel Lee (R-FL), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Don Davis (D-NC), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Bill Posey (R-FL), David Valadao (R-CA), and Joe Wilson (R-SC).

Is this how you want your money spent?

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

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