Leaked Report Shows Rampant Vets Affairs Dog Lab Violations, Confirms WCW Allegations

Posted by Justin Goodman
26 June 2017 | Newsworthy

 

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:

  • “Lack of documentation to establish whether animals were appropriately evaluated and received supportive care”
  • “Non-adherence to provisions of the written Program of Veterinary Care”
  • “Deviations from approved study procedures and implementation of changes to studies without prior IACUC approval”
  • “Protocols that lacked necessary information to inform the IACUC’s review and approval process”
  • “Deficient reporting and recordkeeping practices with regard to animal usage and disposition”


Specifically, VA documented extensive violations of federal animal welfare laws and policies, including that McGuire VAMC:

  • has failed to keep adequate records about sick and suffering dogs and whether or how they were treated
  • has consistently underreported the number of dogs used in experiments to federal authorities
  • has not kept accurate records about how and when dogs died or were killed 
  • has allowed unapproved experimental procedures on dogs
  • has approved unclear and incomplete applications for painful dog experiments
  • has allowed extremely painful procedures on dogs without justification
  • does not have a whistleblower policy that complies with federal law

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.

Blog Comments

Stop this abomination. These dogs do not deserve the abuse you are heaping on them. Use your time and resources to do things that actually help veterans and STOP ABUSING ANIMALS

Stop all experiments on animals.

Stop animal testing and hold the greedy who are torturing animals like these accountable with fines and sentencing.

Stop this horrific, needless and wasteful torture IMMEDIATELY! We no longer live in the middle ages…there are many other options that can be used. And grow a conscience.

THIS IS EVIL! THE GOVERNMENTS THAT ALLOW THIS ARE EVIL PERSONIFIED 😈

WAY TOO MANY GRANTS FUND THIS CRUEL AND FUTILE ACADEMIC SCAM. THIS IS ONE VILE WAY UNIVERSITIES GET THEIR MONIES. AND THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS ARE MANY OF THE PSYCOPATHIC NATURE. THEY CANNOT BE SENSITIVE OR SENTIMENTAL. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE RING OF ABUSE IF THEY ARE NOT COLD, HARD, INSENSITIVE AND EVEN SADISTIC.

Humans do not DESERVE the company of dogs

This is beyond cruel, it is barbaric. How were they able to justify this level of insanity and inhumane behavior to anyone, let alone for this amount of time? These poor dogs, cats, pigs and all other animals who now think all humans are sadistic. They deserve to know kindness and love. How do the experimenters look in the mirror everyday with a clear conscience, or do they have any level of decency? This must and will end by His Hands.

STOP ANIMAL ABUSE

How can this be allowed?

Ban this experiment on the dogs, cats and small animals right now. They are so innocent animals a lot and have them to go free right now… STOP ANIMAL ABUSE and CRUELTY…!!!!

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