Lab Animals

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The Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund currently supports three organizations dedicated to ending the abuse of animals in labs.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) scored its first major victory in 1981, with conviction of an experimenter for animal abuse and the first withdrawal of federal research funds because of cruelty to animals. Today, PETA's global initiatives range from groundbreaking eyewitness investigations to funding humane non-animal research and publishing scientific papers on the superiority of non-animal test methods.

Since its founding in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has worked to end the use of animals in training and research. PCRM was instrumental in replacing animal use with simulators in all U.S. and Canadian medical schools, passing the 2018 California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, and passing the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act requiring chemical companies and the Environmental Protection Agency to replace and reduce animal tests.

White Coat Waste Project (WCW), founded in 2013, works to end U.S. taxpayer-funded animal testing. In 2021 WCW is backing bipartisan bills in the U.S. Congress that include H.R. 1905, the Alternatives to Animals for Regulatory Fairness (AARF) Act, requiring the Food and Drug Administration to allow drug approval applicants to use non-animal tests; and S. 1378, the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act, requiring federal agencies to have policies for relocation of retired lab animals to homes or sanctuaries.

In September 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an historic decision to eliminate all chemical testing on mammals by 2035, and to immediately begin the transition to more modern and effective methods.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and White Coat Waste Project had all campaigned for this result, and all three were represented at the news conference where EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the plan.

 

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In January 2018, White Coat Waste Project successfully ended a deadly FDA nicotine addiction experiment on squirrel monkeys.

The Greg Fund joined a White Coat Waste coalition in this campaign, along with Dr. Jane Goodall and a bipartisan group of U.S. Congresspeople.

In November 2018, the 26 monkeys who survived the experiment -- including one named Gregory -- moved to freedom at Florida Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The story was covered by CNN and the New York Times, among others.

 

 

(5/30/21)