Thee months after the Nancy Reagan announcement, Pacheco began working undercover in a federally funded research facility less than 10 miles from the White House. He spearheaded a very successful high profile campaign to compel the $13 billion per year U.S. National Institutes of Health to, for the first time in history, terminate a federal research grant which was in its 18th year, on the grounds of cruelty to animals.
He then led the lobbying effort to convince Congress to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture to, for the first time in history, shut down the laboratory based on violations of federal animal welfare laws.
All of these events were covered by virtually all major media outlets.