PROGRESS: Congress directs FDA to cut primate testing

Posted by Justin Goodman
04 June 2019 | Blog

UPDATE (12/17/19): This bill was signed into law in December 2019 and the FDA’s plan to reduce primate testing and retirement primates to sanctuaries is due to Congress within 12 months.


Last year, WCW ended wasteful $5.5 million nicotine addiction experiments on monkeys at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Now, thanks to WCW, lawmakers, and the majority of Americans that oppose this waste and abuse, Congress is taking action to end all taxpayer-funded primate testing at the FDA.

This monkey, pictured in a now-defunct FDA nicotine testing lab, was retired to sanctuary after a WCW campaign led to the cancellation of the experiments.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just passed its 2020 FDA spending bill, which includes language (see page 80) directing the FDA to formalize a plan for the reduction and replacement of its primate experiments, and the primates’ retirement to sanctuaries.

The first-ever measure was championed by subcommittee Chairman Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)–who helped expose and end the FDA’s nicotine tests–Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) following discussions with WCW and calls and emails to Congress and FDA from over 1 million WCW supporters.

Federal documents analyzed by WCW show that from 2013 to 2018, the FDA used between 300-400 primates each year.

During the same six-year period, the FDA’s overall use of primates rose by 26 percent, and its use of primates in painful experiments grew by over 300 percent.

Last month, lawmakers passed a similar WCW-backed measure focused on ending primate tests at the National Institutes of Health. WCW’s #GiveThemBack campaign has also been pushing all federal labs to adopt out primates purchased with tax dollars.

Join the fight! Take a moment to urge the FDA and other agencies to end taxpayer-funded primate testing!

Blog Comments

Please stop all animal testing

Waste of money, time, and LIFE!!!

Thank You

Let’s put a stop to the wasteful projects on animals and the pain we inflict upon them.



Please stop experiments on primates. It is just wrong. Do the right thing!!
Thank you for your time.
Peggy Carlson

Stop ‘torturing’ helpless animals for senseless experiments to justify your scientific research, no human or creature can ever benefit from.

Please do everything you can do to end animal cruelty.

As I type this, there are tears and so much emotion. I cannot say thank you enough. Thank you for giving these sentient beings a chance to be free from these wasteful tests and cruelty.

“So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

I hope these poor creatures get the protection they deserve. They are sentient beings and it should be illegal to use them in labs.

OMG I beg you please have a heart, I can’t stand the thought of the unGODly horror and misery they are put through. PLEASE HAVE A HEART.

Time For A Change Of Heart!

Stop the pointless testing

Torturing innocent animals for experimentation is something a criminal psychopath would do. It must stop now! Instead of torturing innocent animals, humans in prison that commit heinous crimes should be used for experimentation.

Please do what is right and end all animal testing once and for all.


Stop all animal testing!!!!

please follow through on this and retire all of these animals to an accredited sanctuary and end all animal testing now.

Stop animal testing now!

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