On 14th June 2024, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that cuts funding for all of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) experimentation on dogs and cats. The previous month, an investigation from the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) uncovered how the DOD is wasting nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ money to torture beagles in completely unnecessary and cruel drug safety tests.

The amendment was championed by US Representatives Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Don Davis (D-NC) and it’s the first time that Congress has voted to defund all of the Pentagon’s abuse of companion animals. The NDAA now will go to the US Senate for a debate there.

Justin Goodman, Senior Vice President of White Coat Waste Project, said, “We’re proud of this major victory for animals and taxpayers and we applaud Reps. Jared Moskowitz, Nancy Mace, and Don Davis for their bipartisan leadership to stop the Pentagon’s pet abuse. White Coat Waste Project uncovered how the Pentagon is still wasting millions of our money to poison puppies and kill kittens in outdated and unnecessary experiments that are opposed by a supermajority of taxpayers: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for the DOD to butcher beagles and cripple kittens in wasteful experiments. In recent years, we’ve defunded and eliminated dog and cat testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs and now the DOD needs to follow suit. The solution is simple: Stop the money. Stop the madness!”

A few weeks ago, the House also voted to renew legislation that defunds and eliminates dog and cat testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a result, the VA has not abused any dogs or cats in experiments for over two years. WCW is also working with Reps. Mace, Moskowitz and Davis to pass the Preventing Animal Abuse and Waste (PAAW) Act to defund the National Institutes of Health’s painful dog and cat testing.

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Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.