WCW-Backed Bill Will Kill DOJ “Live Tissue Training” On Animals

Posted by Amanda Nieves
07 May 2024 | Blog


  • Following White Coat Waste Project’s campaigns and lobbying, Congress has introduced bipartisan legislation defunding the DOJ’s outdated and cruel “live tissue training” on animals
  • The bipartisan Stop Wasteful and Outdated Medical Training on Animals Act will stop the DOJ from wasting tax dollars to shoot, stab, and burn live animals to crudely teach personnel medical skills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
  • Federal spending bills for 2023 and 2024 included WCW-backed measures cutting DOJ LTT, and this new legislation would make the restriction permanent
  • Since 2019, WCW has been leading bipartisan efforts with Congress to expose and defund DOJ LTT

Since 2019, White Coat Waste Project (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 Department of Justice (DOJ).  In some cases, beagles have been maimed and killed in government LTT, too.

In March, following WCW’s years of lobbying and campaigning, Congress renewed a measure defunding the DOJ’s LTT for the second year in a row.

Now, Congressmembers Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Troy Nehls (R-TX) have introduced a bipartisan WCW-backed bill, the Stop Wasteful and Outdated Medical Training on Animals Act (HR 8116), to make the funding restriction permanent and finally kill the DOJ’s cruel LTT. Reps. Dean and Nehls both serve on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees 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.”

DOJ Live Tissue Training

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

DOJ Live Tissue Training

Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for wasteful and cruel LTT or other government animal testing.

The solution is simple …

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