Advocates called on the FDA and other agencies to create animal retirement policies. WCW said that government spending on animal testing—more than $15 billion—is a waste of both animal lives and public funds.
Justin Goodman, vice president of WCW, acknowledged the significance of the FDA’s decision. “We applaud the FDA for creating a policy allowing primates, dogs and other animals purchased with tax dollars to be retired from federal labs when testing ends,” he said. “Taxpayers bought these animals, and they want Uncle Sam to give them back.”