White Coat Waste Project
To STOP $15 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 6 petitions
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So, I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is still wasting Americans’ tax dollars to conduct outdated and inferior medical training drills that maim and kill live animals.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 The federal government’s own studies show that human simulators are more effective and economical than these outdated animal labs.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
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Inside government facilities funded by taxpayers, thousands of unfortunate primates are: Addicted to alcohol and drugs including cocaine and heroin Drilled into and have electrodes implanted into their brains Infected with Ebola and other harmful and deadly viruses Exposed to toxins including anthrax Many of these primates 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
Stop USDA's Kitten Cannibalism Experiments
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
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
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.
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.