You may recall that in March, White Coat Waste Project filed a complaint with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General to report waste and abuse in dog experimentation laboratories at the McGuire VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond, Virginia. The VA has just completed its investigation and the situation for dogs at McGuire is much worse than anyone knew. Richmond-area Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) told WRIC,
The reports I read about were almost on the scale of torture….I think there are probably alternative paths that will lead to the same breakthroughs
In its 42-page internal report leaked to WCW, the VA substantiated WCW’s main allegations about the mistreatment of puppies in painful heart attack studies and related dog experiments during 2015 and 2016.
Additionally, as first reported in The Daily Caller, during its WCW-prompted April 2017 visit to McGuire’s dog labs, VA’s Office of Research Oversight discovered widespread, ongoing waste and abuse that the facility had failed to identify. In its own words, the VA found:
Specifically, VA documented extensive violations of federal animal welfare laws and policies, including that McGuire VAMC:
Watch a clip from Richmond’s ABC affiliate WRIC below:
Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for wasteful and abusive experiments in government animal laboratories. Urge Congress to cut funding for dog experiments at the VA.