Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is the principle agency addressing health, safety and related issues and services. The agency was founded over 60 years ago. The CDC's stated mission is to protect health and promote "quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability." [1]

Increasing rate of birth defects

The Birth Defects Monitoring Program (BDMP) monitors birth defects using data collected when newborn infants are discharged from hospital. The BDMP was initiated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 1974. In 1990, researchers looking for trends examined records for 38 types of birth defects from 1979-80 through 1986-87. During this seven-year period, of the 38 types of birth defects, 29 increased; two decreased; and seven remained stable (meaning they changed less than 2% per year during the period). [2]

Approximately 25% of all infant deaths could be eliminated with better pre-natal services. Infant deaths would decrease by 10 to 25% if women gave up smoking during pregnancy. Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is the leading cause of preventable birth defects. [3]

Government funded vivisection

U.S. agencies that fund animal testing include the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Government funded animal testing spends billions of dollars every year and kills millions of animals in an essentially unregulated industry. Hundreds of institutions and thousands of individuals profit off vivisection. Furthermore, the government pays for the same experiments to be done over and over. In the fiscal year ending in 2005, these seven government agencies funded over 28,937 projects for experiments on 27 species, including: monkeys, dogs, cats and rodents. These included 1200 separate projects (at up to $495,600,000) examining drug addiction. 778 projects studying "neural information processing" in 11 species racked up approximately $321,314,000. No experiment, however ridiculous, useless or painful; is illegal. The majority of animals used in experimentation receive absolutely no protection under current laws. Government funded animal testing costs U.S. taxpayers over $12 billion annually. [4] See also U.S. Government's War on Animals, section 5.

CDC animal testing

Animals by species, numbers & locations

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia [5]

Numbers of primates being used & held

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia [6]


Past directors

  • 1998 - 2002: Jeffrey P. Koplan, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1993 - 1998: David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 1990 - 1993: William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1983 - 1989: James O. Mason, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1977 - 1983: William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1966 - 1977: David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1962 - 1966: James L. Goddard, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1960 - 1962: Clarence A. Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1956 - 1960: Robert J. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.
  • 1953 - 1956: Theodore J. Bauer, M.D.
  • 1952 - 1953: Justin M. Andrews, Sc.D.
  • 1947 - 1951: Raymond A. Vonderlehr, M.D.
  • 1944 - 1946: Mark D. Hollis, Sc.D.
  • 1942 - 1943: L. L. Williams, M.D. [8]


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A

Phone: (404) 639-3311
Public inquiries: (404) 639-3534
Toll free: (800) 311-3435

Web address:

Articles & sources

Sourcewatch Resources


  1. About, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2009
  2. Peter Montaque Birth Defects: Part 1, Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly, #410, October 1994
  3. The March Of Dimes' Crimes Against Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, accessed June 2009
  4. Animal Experimentation in the United States, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, 2007
  5. Research Facilities: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, Humane Society of the United States, accessed January 2009
  6. Numbers of Nonhuman Primates at U.S. Research Facilities, HSUS, accessed December 2009
  7. CDC Federal Advisory Committees,, accessed November 2009
  8. Past CDC Directors/Administrators,, accessed November 2009

External articles