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 and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been working toward this outcome for decades, and White Coat Waste Project has also been campaigning for this result in recent years. The Greg Fund has supported all three organizations -- and all three were represented at the news conference where EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the plan.
This Fund has been working with White Coat Waste Project on a multi-pronged campaign to end taxpayer-funded animal experiments and retire the subject animals to homes or sanctuaries.
The AFTER ACT or Violet's Law, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May 2019 as H.R. 2897, and in the U.S. Senate in July as S.2322, is one important prong in this campaign. It would require federal agency policies to allow for the retirement of Animal Welfare Act-covered species no longer needed in taxpayer-funded research -- potentially benefitting tens of thousands of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits and other animals currently held in federal labs.
A July 2019 ABC7 report says that in the last year this campaign has pressured the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the Department of Defense, and most recently the National Institutes of Health to adopt policies on retiring animals used in experiments.
In 2018, the Fund was part of a coalition that helped White Coat Waste Project (WCW) end a deadly U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nicotine addiction experiment on squirrel monkeys.
The coalition, including Dr. Jane Goodall and a bipartisan group of U.S. Congresspeople, then ensured that a monkey named Gregory, along with 25 surviving members of his group, moved to freedom at Florida Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The story was covered by CNN and the New York Times, among others.