VICTORY: FDA enacts lab animal retirement policy following WCW campaign

Posted by Daniel Lopez
07 February 2020 | Blog


In late 2018, 26 squirrel monkeys were released from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab after White Coat Waste Project successfully shut down a wasteful $5.5 million nicotine addiction experiment on the primates. Now, even more survivors will have a chance to make it out of FDA testing labs alive.

As first reported in The Hill, following pressure from WCW and bipartisan lawmakers, the FDA has enacted its first-ever, agency-wide policy allowing dogs, primates, and other lab survivors to be retired after experiments.


The FDA move comes after more than 1.2 million WCW advocates joined the #GiveThemBack campaign and asked the agency to retire lab animals. The policy breakthrough also follows the introduction of the AFTER Act in the House by Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), and in the Senate by Susan Collins (R-ME), and Gary Peters (D-MI). The bipartisan bill would require all federal agencies to allow lab survivors to be adopted out to taxpayers or retired to sanctuaries.

Squirrel monkeys before and after being retired to a sanctuary from the FDA nicotine testing lab shut down following a WCW campaign

The FDA experiments on over 2,000 primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals each year. Yet, other than the 26 monkeys released from the now-defunct nicotine lab, the agency has not retired any other survivors. This new policy will change that.

The new development is especially timely because, in December 2019, Congress enacted historic WCW-backed legislation directing the FDA to develop a timeline and plan for the reduction of testing on primate tests and their retirement to sanctuaries. The new policy provides a framework for the relocation of primates as more of this wasteful testing is cut.


The FDA joins the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the only federal agencies to have animal retirement policies.

Contact your lawmakers and tell them to pass the AFTER Act to require all federal agencies that do animal testing to create retirement policies for animals!

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Please pass the AFTER Act to require that all federal agencies that do animal testing create retirement policies for animals!

Let these animals be adopted out, this would be the right thing to do.

Let the animals be adopted out

Pasta after Act it’s the right thing to do

This is great

Please pass the After Act to require all federal agencies that do animal testing to create retirement policies for animals.

This is a good start but the torturous experiments on these animals needs to stop. The affects of these cruel experiments will last most of there short lives. There’s plenty of people out there let them volunteer. The ” Human Population Clock” is running out of control.

Please pass this AFTER Act so that these animals can be retired to reputable sanctuaries or adopted into caring homes. That is the least we can do for them after they were part of these inhumane experiments!

Pass the AFTER Act


These animals shouldn’t be used for this in the first place, the least theses places can do is give them the chance of a proper life to be loved and cared for .

Please give these animals their right to a normal life!

Finally! Good job!


Pass the AFTER Act to require all federal agencies that do animal testing to create retirement policies for animals!

Please be decent human beings and allow these animals peace and the opportunity to be free in a sanctuary or with a family that will love them.

End the abuse

We are still doing things to animals in federal agencies which it should be stopped but we have to at least give them good homes when it is all done.

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