The Hill: It's time to retire primate experiments
In 2015, after extensive public and congressional pressure, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cut funding for experiments on chimpanzees and began retiring them to sanctuary. Now, in a historic move, Congress is asking the NIH to begin to do the same for the thousands of other primates in its taxpayer-funded laboratories, and it’s about time.
The Vindicator: National Organization Aims to End Dog Testing at VA Facilities for Good
This tax season, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center was called out for using taxpayers’ money to fund painful tests on dogs. The group that brought attention to these harmful experiments was the White Coat Waste Project: a bipartisan watchdog organization that advocates for animals who are being experimented on and the taxpayers who are, mostly unknowingly, paying for it.
Science: Dog, monkey research targeted
Monkey research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will face increased scrutiny and most dog research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could end if Congress approves 2020 spending bills that have begun to make their way through the U.S. House of Representatives. A report accompanying the House version of an NIH spending bill directs the agency “to accelerate efforts to reduce and replace the use of nonhuman primates” and detail procedures to retire these animals. Meanwhile, a proposed House VA funding bill would bar that agency from funding most experiments that use dogs. The Washington, D.C.–based animal activist group White Coat Waste Project worked closely with lawmakers to insert the language. To take effect, the bills must be approved by both the House and Senate and signed by President Donald Trump. But it’s not clear whether an agreement can be reached before the 2020 fiscal year begins on 1 October.
People: After Three Decades of Deadly Kitten Experiments, USDA Ends Program and Adopts Out Lab Cats
Back in 1982, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called the Agricultural Research Service began conducting deadly experiments on domestic cats and kittens. After more than 35 years, the program has finally come to an end, thanks in large part to a taxpayer watchdog group called White Coat Waste Project, whose mandate is to cut federal funding to animal experiments.