White Coat Waste (WCW) is a Project to get the U.S. government out of the monkey experimentation business.
Thanks to our hard-hitting campaigns and effective lobbying, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) biggest primate lab just completely shut down ALL monkey tests as well as its breeding program!
Back in 2016, we first uncovered that the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Arkansas was addicting baby monkeys to nicotine.
Your tax bill? $5.5 million.
In early 2018, following WCW’s campaign, the FDA canceled these tests and—for the first time in agency history—retired the surviving primates to a sanctuary.
But hundreds more monkeys were still being locked up and tortured at NCTR. The FDA was addicted to spending.
So we intensified our campaign to find and expose even more waste and abuse inside NCTR’s primate labs and united Republicans and Democrats like Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Ken Calvert (R-CA) to enact legislation to end it.
Our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) investigations and lawsuits revealed how baby monkeys were locked alone in tiny cages for years on end, forcibly addicted to amphetamine, ketamine, and Ritalin. Newborns were torn from their traumatized mothers and slaughtered before they’re a week old.
In one disturbing email, FDA white coats literally congratulate each other for torturing and killing one of these babies:
As you can see, heartless government white coats didn’t just pat themselves on the back for abusing these babies. They danced as they locked up the little monkeys in cages:
When we first launched this campaign, FDA’s primate experimentation at the NCTR lab was at its peak with over 200 monkeys abused each year—now it’s ZERO.
The FDA has just informed WCW that “NCTR does not currently have an NHP program. It was retired in December 2022”!
A majority of Democrats and Republicans agree: taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for FDA’s monkey business.
Now, thanks to WCW’s winning campaign, they won’t have to any longer.