Outdated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations are slowing the search for a cure to COVID-19 and other illnesses by forcing drug makers to conduct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!
Dr. Tiffani Milless