White Coat Waste Project

2,937,693 supporters

To STOP $20 billion in taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs, monkeys, cats and other animals, we must stop wasteful government spending. Our approach? Cut federal spending that hurts animals and Americans.

Started 10 petitions

Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate

Tell Congress to End VA’s Taxpayer-Funded Kitten Experiments and Adopt Out the Survivors!

"The Veterans Administration is doing things to cats that would land an individual in jail, and you’re paying for it." -NEVADA CURRENT A new White Coat Waste Project (WCW) investigation reveals the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is purchasing, crippling, and killing 6-month-old kittens in secret government labs, and forcing you to pay for it.The VA has wasted more than $8.4 million taxpayer dollars so far on these brutal experiments: splitting cats’ spines open implanting them with remote-controlled devices inserting “fake poop” into their anuses removing their brains ... all on your dime.Through the Freedom of Information Act, WCW’s investigators have uncovered photographic and video evidence of the barbaric experiments, conducted at taxpayer-funded VA labs in Cleveland, Louisville, and Los Angeles.We’ve exposed kittens who have names and histories, which are detailed in records we obtained.Kittens like Copper, described as "active, friendly, playful to personnel," who was cut up and implanted with a remote-controlled device to make him urinate on demand. Copper could’ve been adopted out, but cruel government white coats killed him just before his second birthday.Now, following our investigation, Congress is demanding answers. Led by Waste Warriors Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Army veteran Brian Mast (R-FL), 30 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signed a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie expressing their “grave concerns about painful and outdated cat testing.” Rep. Mast is, in fact, one of seven veterans who signed the letter. And the media is also taking notice.The VA is slated to buy and kill more cats just like Copper soon. This is not a drill: we’ve gotten hold of the authorization documents, purchase orders, and receipts.WCW has made historic steps to find, expose, and defund the VA’s wasteful dog experiments. We’ve also shut down the government’s largest cat lab, the USDA’s notorious “kitten slaughterhouse,” and adopted the survivors into loving homes.With your help, we’ll knock this one out next. Let’s “cut the crap” and send these VA kitten experiments to the litter box!Please sign and share to END the VA’s cruel, wasteful, and unnecessary kitten crippling experiments — and make the VA retire out the survivors!Thank you,Anthony BellottiFounder and PresidentWhite Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
174,730 supporters
Petitioning Food and Drug Administration

#CutFDARedTape: Abolish Cruel, Wasteful FDA Dog Testing Requirements!

Outdated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations are slowing the search for a cure to COVID-19 and other illnesses by forcing drug makers to conduct unscientific and extremely cruel drug safety tests on puppies.As a pathologist with expertise diagnosing human disease, I can say with certainty that dosing puppies with drugs designed for humans is not just inhumane, but wasteful and unnecessary. It also will not make people safer—in fact, the FDA's dog testing mandate harms human health and wastes precious resources.I hope you will join me and White Coat Waste Project to help #CutFDARedTape, and abolish the FDA's wasteful and cruel dog testing mandate!The government’s own data shows that over 90 percent of drugs that are effective in animal testing, fail in humans—because they are ineffective, or because they show dangerous side effects not predicted by the animal trials.Yet, the FDA continues to require that companies waste millions of dollars to force beagle puppies to swallow or breathe doses of experimental drugs daily for up to a year, after which they’re killed. At least 20,000 dogs per year are experimented on and killed to comply with U.S. government regulations like these, and that number may be even higher.Even when companies want to use superior alternatives to dog testing, which FDA rules allow, the agency often refuses to permit it and punishes them for challenging the requirement.Please sign my petition and join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the FDA to spare dogs, stop waste, and save lives by cutting FDA red tape!Sincerely,Dr. Tiffani Milless

White Coat Waste Project
119,396 supporters
Petitioning Joseph R. Biden

Cut U​.​S. taxpayer funds for China's wet markets!

China's "wet markets" are gruesome and dangerous places, where wild animals—as well as cats and dogs—are slaughtered and eaten as food. These disease-ridden wet markets are linked to the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and previous pandemics including SARS. Reports also indicate that in China experimental lab animals are sometimes sold to wet markets for human consumption, after being abused and infected! But here's the worst part: Your tax dollars have been keeping China’s wet markets in business for years. Last year, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) exposed how the U.S. government sent federal employees on taxpayer-funded shopping sprees at Chinese wet markets to buy cats and puppies. They then had them slaughtered, and brought their body parts back to the United States—in carry-on luggage—to feed to kittens in bizarre and wasteful multi-million-dollar kitten cannibalism experiments. We ended USDA’s shopping spree in China, closed its “Kitten Slaughterhouse” following an intensive campaign, and adopted out the survivors—including Delilah and Petite--to loving homes. Now must do it again …. across the ENTIRE federal government by passing Delilah’s Law (S. 3628)! Please sign and share this urgent petition urging President Trump to pass Delilah’s Law to cut off ALL tax funding for China’s wet markets. Sincerely, Anthony BellottiFounder and PresidentWhite Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
136,980 supporters
Petitioning Francis Collins

Cut U​.​S. taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab & other foreign labs!

Last spring, just as COVID-19 hit our shores, a White Coat Waste Project investigation revealed that taxpayer funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was secretively funneled to the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology for wasteful and dangerous experiments on coronavirus-infected bats and other animals… including experiments that the State Department warned posed a pandemic risk.Just one week after we released our international exposé, the White House cut funding for these animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,But now, despite being actively investigated for its role in the origins of COVID-19, the NIH says the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and 26 other labs in China, are still eligible to spend U.S. taxpayer money for wasteful, cruel, and hazardous animal experiments until 2024!We need your help telling the U.S. government to permanently end taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab and all other animal testing in China and other foreign countries!Want to know how else your money has been squandered? Let's just say the NIH is addicted to spending tens of millions of your tax money at foreign labs where animals are made to get hooked on drugs.In recent years, Uncle Sam sent $11.6 million of your money to the U.K. to addict "junkie monkeys" to cocaine, morphine, and heroin, over $700,000 to hook zebrafish on nicotine, and $4.9 million to force pregnant mice to consume alcohol to cause birth defects.It's time to just say no to this cruel and wasteful spending. Please join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the U.S. government to cut funding for ALL animal experiments in foreign labs. Sincerely,Anthony BellottiFounder and President, White Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
13,978 supporters
Petitioning Christopher Wray, Donald W. Washington, U​.​S. Senate

Stop wasteful and deadly DOJ "live tissue training" on animals

When I went to medical school in the 1980s, it was standard practice to have students cut apart live dogs and other animals to learn medical skills and concepts. Since then, animal labs have been abandoned in medical schools and advanced surgical courses in favor of realistic human simulators that mimic human bleeding and breathing and are more humane, cost-efficient and effective. So, I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is still wasting Americans’ tax dollars to conduct outdated and inferior medical training drills that maim and kill live animals. According to recent federal contracts uncovered by White Coat Waste Project, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently conducted so-called “live tissue training” courses in which live pigs, goats, sheep and sometimes even dogs are intentionally stabbed, shot, dismembered, and burned so personnel can crudely practice medical procedures. Many of the animals die from these traumatic injuries during the courses, and even those who survive are killed at the end. The federal government’s own studies show that human simulators are more effective and economical than these outdated animal labs. But, you don’t need a medical degree to appreciate that practicing on human anatomy instead of animals will make personnel better equipped to treat human injuries. Please sign my petition and join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the DOJ to stop wasting tax dollars on live tissue training. Sincerely, Stephen R. Kaufman, MD  

White Coat Waste Project
22,506 supporters
Petitioning Denis McDonough, Lloyd J. Austin III, Dr. Francis Collins, Janet Woodcock, Rochelle Walensky

Stop cruel U​.​S. government primate experiments

As a psychologist, professor and researcher who studies the immense harms of experimenting on primates in laboratories, I’m troubled by the recent rise in U.S. primate testing and the government’s plan to fund even more of this abusive and ineffective experimentation with your tax dollars. I hope you’ll join me and White Coat Waste Project to help stop this.Right now, more than 10,000 primates are being experimented on or confined for future use by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).In troubling never-before-seen video footage of NIH primate testing obtained by White Coat Waste Project, monkeys given brain damage with injections of toxic acid are chained by the neck in tiny cages and tormented with rubber spiders and mechanical snakes, objects the primates instinctively fear, just to observe their fear reactions. This is clearly cruel, but also wasteful and irrelevant to humans.Many primates in government labs are used in incredibly painful tests in which no pain relief at all is provided. On top of this physical abuse, these primates are psychologically tormented.  Many are forcibly separated from their mothers right after birth and live in tiny cages all alone for years on end. As my own research has documented, these conditions cause primates to bite themselves, pull out their own hair and exhibit other signs of intense psychological trauma that are similar to symptoms of PTSD in humans. This all continues at taxpayers’ expense even though the government admits that 95 percent of drugs that are safe and effective in animal tests fail in humans because they are ineffective or dangerous. In 2015, the federal government ended the use of chimpanzees in experiments after determining it was unnecessary and unethical. And last year, following a White Coat Waste Project campaign, the FDA canceled nicotine tests on squirrel monkeys and retired the primates to an accredited sanctuary in Florida. Now, we need to do the same thing for the thousands of other primates still confined in labs across the U.S. Please join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the U.S. government to cut funding for ALL primate experiments. Sincerely, Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman

White Coat Waste Project
162,839 supporters
Petitioning Tom Vilsack

Stop USDA's Kitten Cannibalism Experiments

VICTORY UPDATE: Following your advocacy and WCW's hard-fought campaign, the USDA has ended these experiments and adopted out the surviving cats to loving homes. ------ My name is Dr. Jim Keen. And I participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s taxpayer-funded experiments. For two decades, I worked for the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Perhaps you've heard of my former employer -- it also runs the notorious USDA Kitten Slaughterhouse where thousands of kittens have been killed in wasteful tests.  Now I’m working with White Coat Waste Project and Congress to de-fund and defeat this government animal abuse. Here’s what you need to know: 3,000 Kittens Slaughtered and Incinerated: they’re only 10-weeks old. But USDA kills healthy kittens for its pointless Toxoplasmosis experiments. $22 Million in Taxes: we’ve been forced to pay the bill for nearly 50 years! USDA Defiant: government refuses to adopt out survivors, even though veterinary and public health authorities agree these kittens don’t need to be incinerated like trash. But it gets even worse: USDA buys dog and cats from China’s meat markets... and it feeds their hearts and brains to the Kitten Slaughterhouse's trapped lab victims! “Purchased from Asian meat markets to be part of experiments by the USDA.”–ABC News That's what we just exposed to Time Magazine, NBC News, the Washington Post, and the international media with our new investigation. As a former USDA employee, veterinarian, and scientist with over a quarter century of experience in public health, I know there’s no way to defend senseless government waste and abuse like this. Bottom line: taxpayers should never be forced to pay-off China’s worst dog and cat meat markets and slaughterhouses! That’s why I’m working with Congress to pass the KITTEN Act. This critical legislation will cut USDA Kitten Slaughterhouse’s tax funding … forever! Please join me: demand Congress pass the KITTEN Act. Let’s end the killings and incinerations, adopt out the survivors, and stop USDA’s Asian dog meat shopping spree! -Jim Keen, DVM, PhD

White Coat Waste Project
10,074 supporters
Petitioning Xavier Becerra, Tom Vilsack, Ryan Zinke, Denis McDonough, Lloyd J. Austin III, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert, Jackie Walorski, U....

Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!

In 2014, I adopted my best friend Violet from the basement of a taxpayer-funded animal experimentation lab. Now, I’m working with Congress to get dogs like her, as well as cats and monkeys, released from government labs at the end of experiments.  When I met Violet, she lived alone in a cage in a laboratory basement.  She had never been outside, never seen stairs and most of her experiences with humans involved fear and pain. She loved other dogs but was understandably terrified of humans. Now, we’re inseparable, and she’s best friends with our cats and even helps us foster kittens! But, Violet is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of cats, monkeys and dogs like her are experimented on each year in government labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution. Because its quicker and easier than relocating them to rescue groups, private homes or sanctuaries, experimenters usually kill these animals and dispose of them like trash, even if they’re healthy.  Now, the taxpayers who bought these animals want them released. Recently, our organization White Coat Waste Project has secured the release of monkeys from the FDA, and is working to get dogs out of VA labs and kittens released by the USDA.  Please join me in urging all government agencies to #GiveThemBack: retire and release animals at the end of taxpayer-funded experiments! --Julie Germany, Board Member, White Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
1,323,542 supporters
Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, U​.​S. House of Representatives

Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services.   According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse.   William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.

White Coat Waste Project
191,003 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Denis McDonough

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

White Coat Waste Project
782,642 supporters