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Animal Cruelty

1,602 petitions

Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Dr. Alex Azar, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Ryan Zinke, Dr. Robert Wilkie, General James Mattis, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert, Jackie Walorski

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
1,208,344 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary, 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
158,610 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary Wilkie

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
736,103 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jeff Cheney, Shona Huffman, Brian Livingston, Tim Nelson, Bill Woodard, Angela Paxton

Shut down Petland Frisco for 10+ years of abuse + legislative REFORM!

Petland Frisco has been open since 2003 and—over the course of ten years—people have petitioned, protested and gone undercover to reveal that there is no length Petland won’t go to to make a quick dollar off of innocent lives. Petland Frisco buys from puppy mills, doesn’t offer veterinary care, lets animals die in their own vomit and bloody diarrhea, and puts sick animals that are STILL ALIVE in the freezer! The business owners should be charged with animal cruelty and the store should be shut down. Let’s end this cycle NOW. 2009: https://www.wfaa.com/mobile/article/news/local/owners-activists-claim-sickly-pups-product-of-petland/287-338865340 2019:     https://www.friscotexas.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=702         https://www.humanesociety.org/news/frisco-texas-petland-store-faces-citations-after-undercover-investigation-humane-society http://www.wfaa.com/mobile/article/life/animals/petland-in-frisco-faces-scrutiny-after-undercover-investigation-by-humane-society/287-f45618ed-4164-45d4-96e8-e21fbba8241b ### You can follow these pages to further your support: https://www.facebook.com/shutdownpetlandfrisco/ https://www.facebook.com/stopfriscoanimalmillsales/ ### The city of Frisco has a population of 177,000. My goal is to get 40,000+ signatures (yes that’s a crazy number #gobigorgohome #everythingsbiggerintexas) from friends and family of/in Frisco and take this to the mayor, Jeff Cheney, the entire city council, Petland Corp, and the local news stations. Even if you are halfway around the world you should sign this to show we mean business and call the city, the humane societies and the local news. Let our voices be heard! Frisco is a thriving city that wants ethical businesses to grow and flourish here. Will this city continue to tolerate a business that does not follow Frisco’s values?  **Please be civil when contacting the Mayor’s Office:  972-292-5050 or jcheney@friscotexas.gov Thank you! I believe there is more kindness and love than cruelty and hatred in this world. ### UPDATE: As everyone knows, this is a SYSTEMIC problem that requires legislative reform. I’ve added our legislators to the contact list for this petition. I’m not sure if they even care to listen to us as there are many problems in this world, but we need to plant more seeds of change! 

Joy Lucas
3,966 supporters