The Problem

It’s a fact: animal experimentation is a BIG GOVERNMENT program. And If you believe big government programs are inherently wasteful, inefficient, and incompetent, then you must question taxpayer-funded animal experiments.

Every year the government wastes over $12 BILLION in tax dollars to pay for painful, cruel, and unnecessary experiments on animals.

Guess who picks up the bill? You do, every April 15.

For example, the federal government’s recent economic “stimulus” spending program wasted $144,541 of our tax dollars on a single experiment to study how cocaine affects addicted monkeys at Wake Forrest University. The result? We “learned” that cocaine is bad for you.

It Gets Worse.

For over 30 years, the government has been handing out your tax dollars to the University of Minnesota to forcibly addict animals to all sorts of illegal, recreational street drugs. During the last decade alone, government bureaucrats and politicians spent over $3.6 million on these experiments to study how heroin, crystal meth, and Angel Dust affect menstruating monkeys. (Government payout: #5R01DA002486).

Conservatives in particular should be wary of such enterprises.
— Matthew Scully, Advisor to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Congressman Paul Ryan

Taxpayer-funded animal experiments like these are the definition of government-run junk “science.” Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg for Uncle Sam’s wasteful animal experimentation budget.

So What Constitutes Waste?

The government’s pattern of ridiculous “research” is wasteful and shameful, and it is repeated over and over again in the taxpayer-funded animal experiments you’re paying for. But don’t take our word for it. Have a look at just a handful of the bizarre and wasteful studies that are typical in the government’s $12 billion annual animal experimentation budget:

Government Animal Experimenters Conclude Junk Food and Lack of Exercise May Contribute To Obesity.

The taxpayer-funded Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) isolates frightened monkeys in tiny cages while feeding them fatty foods and sugary drinks. In its own words: “we are trying to induce the couch-potato style.” (New York Times, 2/19/11) After this taxpayer-funded study is completed, ONPRC kills the monkeys to examine their brains. The New York Times reports that some private sector companies “see no need to use primates to study obesity and diabetes.” However, ONPRC happily rides the big government gravy train all the way to the bank as these monkeys languish in solitary confinement for years. These wasteful experiments cost Americans over $9.5 million in taxes (Government payouts: #5R24DK090964 and #5R01DK079194).

Washington Spends Your Money to Study How Rats Ejaculate.

The federal government actually spent $1.2 million of your money to study how rats ejaculate. You read that correctly. This massive taxpayer-funded boondoggle attempted to study what male rats “enjoyed” most during sex. As this strange, big government program concluded: “These data support the hypothesis that there is a hierarchy of rewarding sexual behavior, with ejaculation being the most rewarding component.” (Government payout: #R01DA014591)

Exercise Is Good for Dogs

Professors at Ohio State University (OSU) spent over $1.9 million of your money to induce heart attacks in small hounds, like beagles, while forcing them to run on treadmills. After killing the dogs, OSU concluded: exercise may be good for you. OSU has been cashing your checks to experiment on dogs for over 20 years. (Government payout #5R01HL086700).

Does this sound like a good use of tax dollars to you? Is this what you want to spend your money on? Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on your own mortgage, student loans, or next vacation? Aren’t there better things to spend your money on? Yet this pattern of ridiculous research is repeated over and over again, every single hour, decade after decade, in the animal experiments you are forced to pay for.

If you want to know why taxpayer-funded animal experimentation has become such a problem, there’s an easy answer: follow the money. These government spending programs are particularly lucrative for animal experimenters – especially since you’re forced to pick up the tab and pay their salaries and mortgages with your tax dollars.

The people who scream the loudest that we have to do animal experimentation are the people whose mortgages are being paid because of experiments on animals.
— Dr. Ray Greek, M.D.

The Big Government Gravy Train

Taxpayer-funded animal experimenters are addicted to spending your money. They treat the U.S. Treasury as their private piggy bank and your tax dollars as an entitlement while they impose these unnecessary, cruel, and wasteful experiments on all of us. When you can’t pay your Visa bill, does the government bail you out? So why does Uncle Sam constantly bail out the animal experimenters? As the old joke goes …


“How many monkeys does it take to convince experimenters that baby animals are frightened when ripped away from their mothers?”


“As many monkeys as the government will buy for them!”

Taxpayer-funded animal experimentation epitomizes Washington’s wasteful ways. And the problem is getting worse as the system is rife with waste, fraud, and abuse with no accountability to the taxpayer. But as long as politicians and bureaucrats continue to spend our money on these animal experiments, the big-government gravy trains keeps running.

This is what happens when the government simply pumps more and more taxpayer money into a secretive and incompetent system. Many politicians’ instinctive response is to increase spending and throw away more of your money. Yet common sense tells us that when you’re in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Money talks… If the flow of taxpayer dollars that supports the foolish or cruel or dangerous practices of official science is cut off, these practices will stop.
— Dr. Irwin Bross, M.D., Ph.D.

So we can fix this now. When you join our team, we’re one step closer to cleaning up the mess and saving lives.

Never forget: these are your tax dollars at work. It’s your money and you are being forced to support these cruel and unnecessary animal experiments whether you like it or not. Because it’s your money, you should always have a say in how it’s spent.

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