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August 10, 2022 | Press Releases

Rep. Steube Introduces Legislation to Cut Funding for NIH Testing on Man’s Best Friend

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) introduced yesterday the Protecting Dogs Subjected to Experiments Act to prohibit taxpayer funding of any biological, medical, or behavioral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that involves the use of a dog.

“The NIH uses over $40 billion in taxpayer dollars annually to fund its research projects, including many recent, cruel examples using dogs. Americans don’t want to enable the heinous abuse inflicted on puppies and dogs in the name of research. My legislation will cut every dime of NIH’s federal funding for these ruthless dog experiments,” said Rep. Greg Steube. 

The legislation is supported by the White Coat Waste project.

“We applaud Congressman Steube for introducing the Protecting Dogs Subjected to Experiments Act and for his outstanding work to ensure taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for cruel, unnecessary and wasteful NIH testing on puppies and dogs. As White Coat Waste Project’s #BeagleGate investigations have revealed, NIH-funded white coats are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to inject puppies with cocaine, de-bark and poison dogs, infest beagles with flies and ticks, and force dogs to suffer septic shock. A supermajority of Americans across the political spectrum want Congress to cut NIH’s wasteful spending on dog experiments. The solution is clear: stop the money. stop the madness.” said Justin Goodman, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy at White Coat Waste Project. 

Rep. Steube’s family includes their four rescue dogs, Luke, Leia, Chance, and Matty. Rep. Steube has fought throughout his career to end cruel animal experiments, including:

  • Authoring a letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH demanding an explanation after reports surfaced that Fauci authorized experiments where infectious sand flies were strapped to beagles to feed on them for months before the beagles were killed. 
  • Cosigning a letter urging Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro and Ranking Member Tom Cole to cut taxpayer funding to Russian labs, including Putin’s Cat Lab, prior to their work on the Fiscal Year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. The committee later voted to defund all research labs in adversarial countries including China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran.
  • Championed numerous pieces of legislation to protect animals from cruelty and abuse in the Florida State Legislature.

Read the bill text here.