WCW’s EPA Animal Testing Exposé Makes Headlines & Waves in Washington

Posted by Amanda Nieves
23 January 2024 | Blog


  • WCW exposed how the EPA has completely “stripped out” a 2019 plan to end animal tests by 2035 and is now killing lab bunnies it was supposed to retire.
  • WCW’s investigation of EPA’s reversal made national headlines and drew attention from lawmakers
  • EPA experiments on 20,000 annually, and its ongoing wasteful animal testing involves forcing animals to breathe smoke from handguns, rifles and lab-simulated wildfires

Last month, a White Coat Waste Project (WCW) investigation uncovered how President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed the agency’s historic and widely-supported plans to phase out all testing on mammals by 2035 and retire rabbits from its labs.

WCW previously documented how the EPA abused 20,000 animals annually for wasteful in-house tests funded by taxpayers, like making animals inhale diesel exhaust, and rallied bipartisan Congressional support to stop it.

EPA Animal Testing Exposé

The EPA was supposed to end all of this, but we’ve exposed how its ongoing wasteful and cruel animal tests include forcing mice to inhale smoke from handguns and rifles, and locking rats in hot cages, feeding them high-fat diets, and pumping the cages full of simulated wildfire smoke to allegedly study the physical and mental health effects of global warming and wildfires on people who eat unhealthy diets.

EPA Animal Testing Exposé

EPA Animal Testing Exposé

Is this how you want your money spent?

Fortunately for taxpayers and animals, our new investigation caught the attention of federal lawmakers and media outlets around the country who sounded the alarm about EPA’s animal testing backpedaling.

EPA Animal Testing Exposé

Tell Congress to reinstate the EPA’s rabbit retirement policy and plan to eliminate all testing on mammals by 2035!

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