WCW report: $186M+ wasted & 115,000 animals killed in government tests

16 May 2018 | Newsworthy, Transparency

 

WCW VP Justin Goodman speaks at the Congressional briefing to release the “Toxic Testing” report


Last year, White Coat Waste Project exposed the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) taxpayer-funded animal tests for so-called “abortion herbs” and cosmetics ingredients. It turns out, the problem is even worse than we knew.

This morning, WCW co-hosted a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. to release a new report exposing hundreds of wasteful NTP animal tests and calling into question Uncle Sam’s efforts to reduce this taxpayer-funded abuse. The bipartisan briefing was also co-hosted by Congressmen Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA), both outstanding leaders on this issue who were recognized as 2017 WCW Waste Warriors.

Honorary co-host Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) presents at WCW’s “Toxic Testing” briefing on Capitol Hill

 

As reported in industry publication Chemical Watch, WCW ‘s Toxic Testing report found:

  • NTP’s most common animal tests have used more than 115,000 animals and $186,000,000 taxpayer dollars in current chemical assessments
  • Animal tests comprise 82% of all NTP tests conducted for chemical evaluations
  • Less than half of chemicals currently being assessed by NTP have non-animal tests planned; 100% call for animal tests
  • Only 1 of 103 upcoming NTP tests uses a non-animal method
  • NTP uses 100+ different animal tests, and only 7 non-animal tests despite approving over 70
  • A lack of transparency and accountability makes it impossible to assess NTP’s stated goal of reducing and replacing wasteful taxpayer-funded animal tests

The report offers recommendations for reforms and also highlights recent high profile examples of wasteful NTP testing that WCW recently criticized.  This includes at least $25 million and 10 years spent to blast 3,000 animals with cell phone radiation equivalent to 10 iPhones all day, every day for two years. NTP also force-fed thousands of animals coffee and French fry by-products in doses 1,000 to 10,000 times larger than humans consume. Unsurprisingly, these animal tests were deemed irrelevant to humans.

WCW is working with Congress to pass the bipartisan Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act to improve the government program responsible for promoting the replacement of wasteful animal testing. Take action below!

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