Working with WCW, Congress Kills DOJ “Live Tissue Training” On Animals in Spending Bill

Posted by Amanda Nieves
06 March 2024 | Blog


  • Following White Coat Waste Project’s campaigns and lobbying, Congress has enacted legislation defunding the DOJ’s outdated and cruel “live tissue training” on animals
  • WCW exposed how the DOJ wasted tax dollars to shoot, stab, and burn live animals to crudely teach personnel medical skills instead of using high-tech simulators that are more effective and cost-efficient
  • Since 2019, WCW has been leading bipartisan efforts with Congress to cut taxpayer funding for DOJ’s barbaric live tissue training

Congress has finally started to pass long-overdue legislation to fund federal agencies for 2024. As in previous years, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has been working hard on Capitol Hill to ensure that these bills prioritize cutting wasteful government spending on animal tests.

We’re thrilled to report that following our lobbying and years of campaigning, Congress has just renewed WCW-backed language defunding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) cruel and wasteful “live tissue training” on animals. President Biden signed the bill into law on March 9.

Since 2019, WCW has been leading the fight to defund the barbaric and wasteful practice known as “live tissue training” (LTT)—stabbing, shooting, burning, and dismembering pigs and goats as part of law enforcement officers’ medical training at the DOJ.

Records we obtained through a successful lawsuit against the DOJ detailed how the agency—specifically the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals Service—wasted over $130,000 of your money to hire white coats to inflict “traumatic injuries” in “live animal models.”

Congress Kills Live Tissue Training

Based on WCW’s investigations, Congress has repeatedly pressed the DOJ to end this waste and abuse and adopt human simulators that are more effective and cost-efficient. A majority of Americans, regardless of political party, oppose DOJ LTT, too.

Last year, following WCW lobbying, was the first time in history that Congress defunded government LTT. Now, that funding prohibition has been renewed thanks to bold leadership from Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) (a longtime DOJ LTT critic who sits on the DOJs funding panel), senior Judiciary Committee member Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), and other WCW Waste Warriors who serve on the committee including Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the chairwoman of the Senate’s DOJ funding committee, has also been a major champion.

We’re proud of the progress we’re making to cut wasteful government spending on archaic and cruel animal testing. The solution is simple:




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