animal testing

51 petitions

Update posted 5 days 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, Erik Paulsen, Brendan Boyle

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
644,389 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
126,075 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie

End the sale of animal tested cosmetics in New York

California recently passed a landmark bill that bans the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Animal testing in the cosmetics industry is rampant and almost always fatal — the tests include toxicity tests that expose animals like mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs to painful skin and eye irritancy tests. They expose animals to deadly substances, sometimes by force-feeding or inhalation. If California can pass a bill that bans the sale of animal tested cosmetics, so can New York. Join now in applauding California for passing this bill and demand New York do the same. A bill which would ban the sale of animal tested cosmetics in the state of New York was introduced at the end of 2017, so the momentum is on our side. These tests on animals include force-feeding for weeks or months to look for signs of illness, cancer, or birth defects. Other tests include the “lethal dose” test, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of test chemical to determine the dose that causes death. No pain relief is provided to the animals in the studies, and most have agonizing deaths by asphyxiation, neck-breaking, or even decapitation. These tests are often an unnecessary evil. Different species respond to the same chemicals in very different ways, meaning consumer safety cannot even be guaranteed. Not only that, but non-animal testing is often much cheaper than its counterpart, and results are often produced much more quickly. Companies have the option of using products that are known to be safe for humans, but even if they need a test, there are dozens of non-animal tests that are already approved for use. These test are more relevant to humans, and are often cheaper — there are so many better alternatives that there is absolutely no reason animal tests are still in use today. Demand New York follow California’s lead and ban animal tested cosmetics — very literally, lives are dependent on it.    

Renee Inman
3,174 supporters