Last month marked a huge victory for man’s best friend and dog-loving Americans as President Trump signed a spending bill that finally defunds nearly all of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) cruel and wasteful canine experiments that I am proud to have helped stop with a coalition of tenacious veterans, taxpayer advocates, and lawmakers.
Unfortunately, the VA isn’t the only government agency senselessly torturing helpless animals with our tax dollars and the madness must be stopped immediately.
As the Daily Caller reported and I’ve written about, the embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is squandering millions in citizens’ hard-earned tax money to conduct useless air pollution tests and other exposure experiments on over 20,000 rabbits, mice, and other animals a year.
The liberal darling EPA is forcing animals to inhale truck fumes, force-feeding animals lard to make them obese and then exposing them to air pollution, blasting animals with loud noises and light and then exposing them to ozone, and giving baby animals electric shocks.
The EPA’s animal tests are as dumb as they sound. They’re also dangerous because their misleading results may be used as a basis for flawed public health and regulatory decisions that harm people and industry.
EPA critic and JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy told the Daily Caller, “Mice are not little people when it comes to studying the potential health effects, like cancer, of low-level exposures to chemicals in the environment.” He went on to explain that, “Generally, in order to demonstrate that a chemical can cause cancer in a rodent or other lab animal, the researcher will have to literally almost poison the animal” and that, “In addition to the physiological differences between mice and men, laboratory exposures to chemicals are typically nothing like real-life exposures.”
The conservative watchdog White Coat Waste Project has a billboard outside of the EPA that gets right to the point: “EPA Sucks.”
And most Americans agree: 79% of Republican voters—and even 68% of Democrats—say they want the EPA’s animal testing to stop.
Luckily, my friend Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to call out the EPA’s animal experiments, explaining, “We sure find a lot of ways to waste money in this town, but the EPA may just have reached a new low. We are spending $5 million dollars on a study to force-feed rats lard and coconut oil until they’re morbidly obese. Then we pump their enclosures full of exhaust until they die….I would invite my colleagues to join me in fighting this and so much other wasteful spending.”
President Trump just made history by cutting funds for VA’s dog testing and his administration has rightfully proposed significant cuts to the EPA program where this wasteful animal testing takes place.
If Congress heeds Trump’s request, as it should, it will be yet another win for taxpayers, animals and anyone fighting to drain the DC swamp.