INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Representative Bill Posey has been recognized by a national animal welfare group for his work on behalf of animals.

“The White Coat Waste Project recently awarded me the 2020 Waste Warrior Award for my work in combating taxpayer-funded animal experimentation,” Rep. Posey said in his March 29 email to constituents.

Rep. Posey, whose district encompasses all of Brevard and Indian River Counties and a portion of east Orange County, was one of 21 U.S. representatives and three senators from both sides of the aisle honored for their efforts to expose and stop “$20 billion in wasteful and unnecessary taxpayer-funded animal experiments.”

Of the many animal advocacy organizations in Washington DC, the White Coast Waste Project is one of the few that is not seen as “liberal” or “democrat-leaning.” This is due to its focus on the waste of taxpayer money, a stark contrast with other animal advocacy groups that focus on cruelty and suffering. While WCW doesn’t shy away from discussing animal suffering, its focus from its inception has been on waste of taxpayer dollars. This makes the organization attractive to those Republican legislators who share that priority.

In its statement announcing Rep. Posey’s honor, WCW listed several issues for which it said the Indian River County representative exercised leadership.

Highlighted was Rep. Posey’s co-sponsorship of the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act (HR 1155) to de-fund “maximum pain” experiments and other dog testing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The VA has now pledged and is on a path to completely phase out all dog, cat, and primate testing by 2025,” Rep. Posey said. According to the WCW, this is the first time in history that congress or the president has given a federal agency a deadline for the end of animal testing.

The group also thanked Rep. Posey for cosponsoring the AFTER Act, to allow animals to be retired from government labs when testing ends. “The VA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health have already begun to incorporate similar placement programs,” Rep. Posey said.

The WCW also thanked Rep. Posey for pressing the VA about taxpayer-funded kitten experiments; sending a letter to congressional leadership demanding the government stop funding coronavirus animal experiments at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology; and sending a letter to the Dept. of Health and Human Services criticizing its use of taxpayer dollars to fund experiments in which human fetal tissue is implanted into animals.

In his email to constituents, Rep. Posey said he “helped lead successful legislative efforts to end primate testing and cruel experiments at the NIH that inject animals with human fetal tissue and retire them to sanctuaries.”

Rep. Posey is also a supporter of legislation to end horse soring, the intentional infliction of pain on a horse’s legs and feet to achieve a certain gait.

For more information about the White Coat Waste Project, visit www.whitecoatwaste.org.

To share your views on animal protection or other issues with Rep. Posey, visit https://posey.house.gov/contact/.

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