WCW Exposes DOD’s Wasteful and Cruel $1M Beagle Testing 

Posted by Amanda Nieves
28 May 2024 | Blog


  • White Coat Waste (WCW) is a Project to get the government out of the dog testing business
  • Our newest investigation has exposed how the Defense Department is wasting $1 million on cruel and entirely unnecessary testing on beagles
  • In the testing that runs through July 2024, beagles will be repeatedly force-fed massive doses of an experimental drug to allegedly gain FDA approval
  • But, the Food and Drug Administration states, “The FDA does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.”
  • Since the 1980s, DOD policy has banned the use of dogs in trauma training and weapons experiments, but we’ve exposed a loophole allowing the agency to torture dogs in other testing.
  • WCW first uncovered DOD’s dog experiments in its 2016 “Spending to Death” report 

In 2016, White Coat Waste Project’s “Spending To Death” report exposed how federal agencies’ in-house laboratories were abusing hundreds of dogs a year in painful experiments.  The offenders included the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Defense (DOD). 

Since then, our investigations, grassroots campaigns, and lobbying have prompted historic reforms and legislation that eliminated the VA’s dog testing, ended dog abuse inside the FDA’s and CDC’s labs, and inspired bipartisan action and legislation to defund the NIH’s painful puppy experimentsOver 800,000 of our supporters have demanded that DOD and other agencies dump dog testing. 

Since the 1980s, DOD policy has banned the use of dogs (and cats and primates) in trauma training and weapons experiments, but we’ve exposed a loophole that’s allowed the agency to continue torturing dogs in other testing.

Now, we’re setting our sights on the DOD’s dog abuse and have exposed how it’s wasting $1 million to butcher beagles in completely unnecessary and cruel drug tests. 

DOD Cruel Beagle Testing

According to federal spending databases, the U.S. Army has recently commissioned a $949,108 experiment on beagles in which the animals will be forced to ingest massive doses of an experimental drug for the alleged purpose of winning FDA approval.  These tests typically abuse dozens of puppies and they’re killed and dissected at the end.

The DOD project started last year and is slated to run until July 31, 2024. World Animal News first broke the new WCW investigation.

DOD Cruel Beagle Testing

However, the FDA has stated clearly that it, “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.” And the DOD’s even admits, “animal models have limited relevance to humans and poorly predict effects in humans.” 

This isn’t the first time government white coats wanted to waste millions on needless dog experiments.  

In 2022, Dr. Fauci canceled plans for a set of five drug tests on puppies and admitted alternatives could be used instead after a WCW investigation and pressure from Congress members including Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).

What’s more, following WCW’s Cut FDA Red Tape campaign, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), and others enacted legislation nixing the FDA’s outdated animal testing requirement for new drugs altogether. 

DOD Cruel Beagle Testing

WCW previously uncovered how puppies as young as one week old are abused in government-funded drug safety tests, and that some dogs have their mouths taped shut so they can’t spit out the drugs and are de-barked so they don’t cry out in the lab. 

The DOD is currently funding other wasteful drug testing on animals and we’ve submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain more details.

WCW’s work with Congress has enacted bipartisan legislation that has effectively eliminated dog (and cat and primate) testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a new WCW-backed bill aims to defund the National Institutes of Health’s painful testing on dogs and cats.

Our solution to also getting the Pentagon out of the dog testing business is simple: 

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