Stauber awarded for ending government animal tests

The White Coat Waste Project honors Minnesota's Dist. 8 U.S. Representative for helping end painful and unproductive experiments.

Congressman Pete Stauber (R-Dist. 8), at right, receives the Congressional Waste Warrior Award Jan. 14 for his leadership in ending taxpayer-funded animal experiments. Presenting the award is Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy with the White Coat Waste Project. (Submitted photo)

U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber is a recipient of a 2019 Congressional Waste Warrior Award for his leadership in ending wasteful and cruel, taxpayer-funded animal experiments.

Presented Jan. 14 by a watchdog group known as the White Coat Waste Project (WCW), the award recognizes Stauber for the following:

  • Helping lead a successful effort to pass and enact legislation directing the Department of Veterans Affairs to phase out dog, cat and primate testing by 2025.

  • Helping introduce the “Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species” (PUPPERS) Act to end painful dog testing at the VA, leading to the end of many experiments and other reforms.

  • Helping introduce the “Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research” (AFTER) Act to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends.

  • Co-sponsoring the “Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now” (KITTEN) Act, which prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to end its kitten testing in 2019.

“In just the past year, Congressman Stauber was instrumental in ending wasteful and cruel government experiments on kittens and puppies and enacting first-ever legislation to phase out even more testing on dogs, cats and primates,” said Justin Goodman, WCW vice president of advocacy and public policy. “Rep. Stauber is a champion for taxpayers and animals, and we’re proud to honor him for his exceptional leadership.”

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