New Lawsuit Says NIH Illegally Skips Foreign Animal Lab Oversight

February 7, 2022
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Two powerful animal rights organizations, White Coat Waste and Advancing Law for Animals, just filed a new lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health charging that the NIH is illegally exempting taxpayer-funded animal labs in foreign countries from oversight! Federal law states that any lab that conducts experiments on animals using American taxpayer funds via the NIH must have an animal care committee. WCW investigators say they discovered that the NIH illegally exempts foreign white coats from oversight. And, they’re suing. The NIH is notorious for funding absurd and horrifically cruel experiments on innocent animals that achieve nothing to improve human health. Case in point: White Coat Waste Project (WCW) investigators have found a terrible pairing, courtesy of NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health), and paid for with your tax dollars: puppies and cocaine. Says WCW, “Through a drug-injecting jacket, puppies were dosed with cocaine again and again and again for months, along with an ‘experimental compound,’ to see how the two drugs interacted. The experiment, which ran from September 2020 to September 2021 (with a report due May 2022), was filmed, so experimenters could see if the puppies had any “adverse reactions” to the drugs. Prior to being drugged, the dogs were also forced to undergo surgery, where they were implanted with a “telemetry unit” to monitor their vital signs throughout the experiment. This is wasteful and morally repugnant! Cocaine is awful and addictive and we all know that and there are programs and rehabs that can work if the addict is ready to change. Addiction will not be solved by torturing animals. We are not dogs. We do not have tails. If dogs eat chocolate they can die. Not us humans. This is a waste of taxpayer money, YOUR money. If this upsets you, please donate to and The NIH is invited on any time to respond.


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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of, a digital news network focusing on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA's 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.

For six years, Jane hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Before that, she reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities, and was also a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.

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