Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Honored for Fighting Cruel Animal Experiments

Dec 29, 2017
Press Release
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan has been honored as a “Congressional Waste Warrior” by a national group dedicated to ending inhumane taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs, cats and other animals.

“Congressman Vern Buchanan is an outstanding champion for taxpayers and animals,” said Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at White Coat Waste Project. “We’re proud to recognize Rep. Buchanan’s strong leadership to end billions in wasteful government spending on animal experiments that are ineffective, cruel and most Americans oppose, including maximum pain heart attack tests on puppies and nicotine addiction tests on baby monkeys.”

White Coat Waste Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending cruel and wasteful taxpayer-funded experimentation on animals. The bipartisan coalition has nearly half a million grassroots members across the country.

Buchanan received the award for his work to fight animal testing at government agencies as well as his support for the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act.

Some of the most egregious examples of taxpayer-funded animal abuse Buchanan is fighting include:

  • Injecting dogs with methamphetamine then killing the dogs so their brains can be dissected in order to study the response to the drug.
  • Strapping baby monkeys to chairs and addicting them to nicotine, then studying the monkeys’ response to decreasing levels of nicotine.
  • Performing surgeries to intentionally damage puppy hearts, forcing the puppies to run on treadmills, then killing and dissecting the puppies to study the damaged heart’s response.

Buchanan said he was honored to receive the award, adding, “Most Americans would be horrified to learn that their tax dollars are being wasted on cruel and inhumane experiments on animals.”

In March 2017, Buchanan urged the inspector general at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs’ to investigate the use of dogs in experiments at the VA. His request helped expose disturbing experiments on dogs, including inducing heart attacks and brain-damaging surgeries.

He is an original cosponsor of the FACT Act, which improves reporting by federal agencies such as the EPA, NIH and USDA on their progress in replacing animal testing with alternative testing methods. Federal law currently requires agencies to minimize animal testing in favor of alternatives like computer modeling, but the agencies are not required to report how many animals are being used in testing or what the animals are used for.

Buchanan is the co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress dedicated to preventing animal cruelty, protecting endangered species and advancing animal welfare policies.

The congressman’s strong record of defending animals includes opposing weaker protections for the Florida manatee and panther, as well as urging the Trump administration to maintain bans on importing “trophies” from the endangered African lion and elephant. He has also introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, bipartisan legislation that permanently bans the transport of horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico to be sold around the world.