Here is a great way to save taxpayer dollars. And even better, a way to save animals.
The government is supposed to protect all our country, yet they spend about $12-$15 billion tax dollars every year for wasteful experiments on loving animals … cats, dogs, monkeys and other animals. These experiments are brutally cruel. They are useless. Animal lovers and taxpayers aren’t aware of all of this and haven’t approved these experiments.
The White Coat Waste Project, under the leadership of its president Anthony Bellotti, is fighting back. The White Coat Waste Project is the recipient of six “Congressional Waste Warrior” awards. They are helping abused animals by
- investigating and analyzing these government experiments, the abuse, and the cost,
- educating the public about these abuses,
- building a coalition to resolve the issues.
Sample abuses (as per http://www.whitecoatwaste.org/the-facts/):
- Stuffing hamsters with pizza: $?
- shrimp fight club: $707,000
- shrimps running on treadmills: $? see reference: Shrimp running on treadmills
- Lab Mouse Gender Inequalities $10 million
- Doped Up Rats: $185,625
- Stuttering Mice: almost $2 million
- Vomiting Dogs: $?
- Monkeys on a treadmill: almost $3 million
- Green Tea Force-feeding: $?
- Pig patients: $1.1 million
Currently, the USDA wiped out animal welfare reports and abuse data from its website. Many have protested this action and several lawsuits are being pursued to get this data back online.
For the first time, there will be an audit of the government’s animal labs, thanks to the bi-partisan support, led by Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Dina Titus (D-NV). See http://www.FactAct.org
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) were honored by the White Coat Waste Project for their efforts in these initiatives.
Animal lovers are
- Urged to sign a petition at http://www.whitecoatwaste.org/take-action/
- Contact Congress
- For more information and/or to donate, visit The White Coat Waste Project website at http://www.whitecoatwaste.org
- Ask your senators and representatives support the bipartisan bill to increase transparency about animal experimentation with the FACT Act at http://www.factact.org
Follow at https://twitter.com/whitecoatwaste
Many people would purchase cruelty-free products if they could find them more easily. Just as there is a separate section for gluten-free products, I think it will really help the cruelty-free initiatives to have a ‘cruelty-free’ section in stores. It would help people quickly find the products that have not been tested on animals.
It is great to see tuna fish cans that indicate clearly with a logo that dolphins weren’t harmed. And hopefully, it is really true that they aren’t harmed. Products such as Green Works Clorox indicate in small type that their product was never tested on animals. But do people really have the time to read through every product’s labels to see which ones are cruelty-free? And keep looking till they find one? No.
So I propose that supermarkets, drugstores, etc set aside a section(s) their stores for ‘cruelty-free’ products. People would gravitate to that section. More people would buy those products. Companies that do test on animals will lose business and therefore find ways to apply cruelty-free practices more readily. In this way, we are helping abused animals from suffering needlessly.
Such an approach reminds me of how Florence Kelley, an American social and political reformer promoted the “White Label” during the Progressive Era. Stores that met standards for minimum wages, maximum working hours, and decent working conditions received the White Label. This encouraged consumers to shop only at “White Label” stores to help the cause of better working conditions. Some countries are more progressive in not supporting products tested on animals. We can do better.
What do you think? Would you prefer buying cruelty-free products?
The Humane Cosmetics Act is helping abused animals. Progress is being made around the world but not enough. Harming animals for cosmetics is not necessary. Countries are succeeding in creating cosmetics without abusing animals. Several European countries and Israel ban animal testing for cosmetics and ban selling animal-tested cosmetics. Why can the rest of the world follow suit? Artificial tissue and test tubes methods have proven better predictors of skin irritation in people than by testing on rabbits and other animals. In China alone, it is estimated that 300,000 animals die each year in cosmetic tests. Worldwide, rabbits and other small animals are blinded, poisoned and killed to test new cosmetic products.
Buy cruelty-free. Checkout which companies are cruelty-free.
Note from the Humane Society:
“You may be blinding a bunny without even knowing it if you use shampoo, moisturizer, or any other cosmetic that’s been tested on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act will make animal testing for cosmetics a thing of the past, and you’ll be able to use products without the worry.
H.R. 4148 prohibits animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S., ending painful tests that rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs endure to assess the safety of cosmetics. Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using the thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives can be cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable at predicting safety. Help make animal testing of cosmetics in the U.S. a thing of the past — just like in the European Union and Israel, where cosmetics animal testing has already been phased out.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. representative to urge support of H.R. 4148. Look up your representative’s phone number here. You can say, “I’m a constituent and I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4148 if you haven’t already done so. This bill would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S.”
After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), please sign petitions at Humane Society and other organizations.
The Marine Mammal Center is helping abused animals with a focus on marine mammals such as elephant seals, harbor seals, and the California sea lions. They rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals. They are supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.
Image from the Marine Mammal Center Website.
The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center . dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. It is wonderful to hear that they have rescued and treated more than 18,000 marine mammals in the California area! Tremendous success that deserves much appreciation from the rest of us.
The Marine Mammal Center is rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator
The Marine Mammal Center is also listed in the Independent Charities of America‘s best charities.
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One can try helping abused animals by buying products that don’t do testing on animals where possible. Look up the company and/or product to find out.
From PETA website:
Companies that don’t test on animals
Companies that do test on animals
From Leaping Bunny website
Search by company name
From NAVS National Anti-Vivisection Society
Search by Company name, product or product category