How would you feel if I told you that you spend $15 BILLION on pet experiments each year? Well, that anger and disgust is how you should feel because that’s approximately how much money tax paying Americans are spending (most unknowingly) on animal experiments EVERY single year.
We bring you this blog post so your eyes will be opened to the fact that government agencies waste a lot of (our) money on useless and inhumane animal experiments. We have to tell Congress to end these cruel experiments on precious pups (among other animals) because this is not how animals should be treated! We’re here to tell you how you can help thanks to White Coat Waste Project.
Our eyes were opened when we got to know Rory and her delightful Doberman, Griffin, via Instagram. Their local NBC station did a story on Griffin as she goes to meetings on The Hill and lobbies with her owner, Rory. Watch the story here.
These wasteful and cruel animal experiments have been a problem for far too long but White Coat Waste Project is fighting back with new strategies. They’re helping to cut federal spending that hurts animals and Americans. They are shining much-needed light on this spending, holding agencies accountable, and defunding wasteful projects. In a nutshell, their goal is to save as many animals as possible and save our hard earned tax dollars. To stop taxpayer-funded experiments on our precious pups, cute kitties, adorable ape babies, and other animals, we must stop wasteful government spending!
Most of the wasteful and cruel animal experiments are paid for with our (the taxpayers’) money and we don’t even know about it! We have to fix this problem where it originates BEFORE they even begin. That means cutting back on federal grants, contracts, and experiments inside the government’s own animal labs because they ALL contribute to the problem.
And the problem, oooooh the problem, is SO big that nobody knows exactly how MUCH of our money is spent on animal experiments, WHO is spending it, or how MANY animals are being abused. Pretty pathetic, huh? These “scientists” have little accountability or transparency so they typically get away with it for DECADES at great expense to taxpayers without producing anything of value as well as draining resources from meaningful research and public health programs.
White Coat Waste Project is a team of seasoned issue advocates, scientists, doctors, and political strategists that combine grassroot tactics, media campaigns, diverse coalitions, creative legal tools, and lobbying to expose and stop government spending on terrible animal experiments. They’re identifying where the waste is occurring, who is responsible, who is benefitting, and launching policy initiatives focused on creating much-needed accountability and transparency. They’re the only group focused on bringing together waste hawks, science advocates, animal-lovers, and liberty-lovers to cut $15 billion in spending that hurts animals. #savetheanimals
Majority of Americans oppose these experiments and even the agencies funding the work admit that it’s expensive, wasteful, and irrelevant. So why in the world is it still happening?! Federally-funded projects (both in the government’s own laboratories and the universities and other facilities they dole out funding to) comprise the overwhelming majority of animal experimentation in the United States. By tackling the spending problem, White Coat Waste is addressing most of the abuse happening in laboratories.
Right now there are animal experimentation projects that taxpayers have funded for decades without any demonstrated benefit to public health. They continue to rake in MILLIONS of dollars each year because there is currently a federal funding system with little accountability and transparency and no real incentives to innovate in a way that will improve people’s lives.
Yes, White Coast Waste Project is bipartisan and a big tent coalition of people from across the political spectrum who know that animal experiments are wasteful and cruel. They seek to change the debate, and ultimately the way people think, about animal experimentation by promoting fiscal responsibility in government. They’re forging an unprecedented coalition of animal lovers, liberty lovers, fiscal conservatives, physicians and scientists, and mainstream audiences who all agree that animal experimentation shouldn’t be the government’s budget priority.
White Coat Waste focuses on wasteful spending AND animal experiments because they believe the two go hand in hand. (You can’t talk about the massive waste and abuse in taxpayer-funded animal experimentation without talking about out-of-control government spending on a failed research model.)
The fact is that animal experiments are not improving human health, but instead wasting massive amounts of public resources. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that 92% of drugs that pass animal tests fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous. Each drug represents about a decade of wasted time and $2 billion down the drain. The National Institutes of Health estimates the failure rate is closer to 95% and stated in its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, “animal models often fail to provide good ways to mimic disease or predict how drugs will work in humans, resulting in much wasted time and money while patients wait for therapies.” Yet, NIH continues to dedicate 47% of its $32 billion budget each year to animal experiments that are a proven failure. This is the kind of waste and absent accountability they’re tackling for me and you. Yes, you!
In the private sector, greater reliance on modern, efficient technologies like “organs-on-a-chip,” sophisticated computer models, and tests using human tissues that are more effective than animal experiments is already saving tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of animals, if not more!!! Let’s continue with these types of tests!
Rory got involved with White Coat Waste through social media. She is an opinion contributor for The Hill, and frequently writes on veterans issues since she used to be the staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs while in Washington DC. Rory’s husband is also an Army veteran, so they have a personal connection to veterans issues. She saw a letter to The Hill on this issue and re-tweeted it, saying, “I can’t believe this is happening”. Justin Goodman, their VP of policy and advocacy, saw the tweet and followed up with Rory directly, noting that she works with Doberman Rescue as one of the organizations listed in her Twitter profile. The Los Angeles VA medical center was specifically performing experiments on a breeding colony of narcoleptic Dobermans, and since her Dobes are so important to her, that really hit home. She wrote her next Hill column on the issue, and they got lots of good traction from stakeholders and Congress as a result, so they brought her on board directly.
This animal testing issue is SO huge and finally coming into light, that USA Today did a front-page article about White Coat Waste Projects’ work and Griffin was part of it.
Most people think that if they only used cruelty-free products they’re doing good. Sadly, we cannot just boycott products tested on animals. While buying cruelty-free cosmetics and household products does address the limited testing done in this area by some companies, the overwhelming majority of animal experimentation in the U.S. is being done in federally-funded and operated laboratories that are not involved in consumer product development. Americans are forced to foot the bill. This is why addressing the federal spending problem is the way to stop most animal experimentation happening in the U.S.
You and I need to end animal experiments! The one that really hits home for us gals is the VA’s “maximum pain” experiments on dogs. Yes, that’s actually a thing and our hearts literally ache.
White Coat Waste Project investigations have exposed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using your tax dollars to conduct wasteful and painful experiments on dogs. VA’s experiments include giving 6-month-old hound puppies heart attacks, drilling into beagles’ skulls, and severing “friendly” dogs’ spinal cords. Only three VA facilities still engage in this abuse and VA is the only agency conducting “maximum pain” experiments in which significant pain is inflicted on dogs and left unrelieved. A majority of veterans oppose these experiments, and disabled veterans have explained that these studies do not help veterans.
Urge your Congress members to cosponsor the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act (H.R. 3197) to stop taxpayers’ money from being spent on the VA’s wasteful and cruel dog experiments. PLEASE CLICK HERE! TO TAKE ACTION!
We have to end this together. ONE PERSON can make a difference. Are you willing to be that person?
There are many ways you can help White Coat Waste Project stop taxpayer-funded animal experiments:
Make a tax-deductible donation to White Coat Waste Project
Urge your Members of Congress to stop funding wasteful animal experiments
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