Your Questions Answered
Are you trying to ban all animal experiments and research?
The White Coat Waste Project is focused on exposing and stopping forced taxpayer-funding for animal experimentation that a majority of Americans oppose and even the agencies funding the work admit is expensive, wasteful and irrelevant. 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 U.S. By tackling the spending problem, we are 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. Conversely, the private sector–with its focus on return-on-investment–can not afford to waste time and money on useless research, and that’s why big Pharma and others are heavily investing in high-tech alternatives to animal testing that can deliver better results for human health faster and for less money.
Are you partisan?
No. We’re a big tent coalition of people from across the political spectrum who know that animal experiments are wasteful and cruel. We seek to change the debate, and ultimately the way people think, about animal experimentation by promoting fiscal responsibility in government. And we expand the established animal protection movement by attracting “new blood.” We’re forging an unprecedented and new 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.
So is White Coat Waste Project about wasteful spending or about the animals?
We focus on both. We believe they 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.
How are we going to stop taxpayer funded animal experiments?
White Coat Waste Project’s team of seasoned issue advocates, scientists, doctors and political strategists combines grassroots tactics, media campaigns, diverse coalitions, open records laws and lobbying to expose and end wasteful animal experiments. We’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.
If we cut animal experiments how will we develop cures to diseases?
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% 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 percent of its $32 billion budget each year to animal experiments that are a proven failure. This is the kind of waste and absent accountability we’re tackling.
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.
Can’t I just boycott products tested on animals?
Sadly, no. 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. Whether we want to or not–and a majority of Americans do not–right now Americans are forced to foot the bill because of the way Congress gives our tax dollars out to federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health. This is why addressing the spending problem is the way to stop most of the animal experimentation happening in the U.S.
How can I get involved or help
There are many ways you can help White Coat Waste Project stop taxpayer-funded animal experiments: