White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has just exposed that Virginians have been paying twice—through both their federal and state taxes—for the Richmond Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s (VAMC) cruel and wasteful experiments on dogs that have been cited for egregious abuses, exposed by whistleblowers, slammed by veterans, and voted against by U.S. Congress.
WCW’s ongoing public records lawsuit against the VA has compelled the agency to unmask the funding sources of the Richmond VAMC’s painful heart attack experiments on puppies, and the Commonwealth of Virginia is among them.
Now, as first reported by WRIC, Virginia GOP State Senators Glen Sturtevant and Bill Stanley have written to Governor Terry McAuliffe to express their opposition to the state’s funding of these “painful and unnecessary” VA dog experiments. They’ve also requested details about how much of Virginians’ money has been spent on them and how instances of waste and abuse are addressed.
The senators’ letter cites evidence they’ve uncovered, as well as information provided by WCW, showing that at least $150,000 of state funding has recently been directed to the projects. What’s worse, Sens. Sturtevant and Stanley determined that the Richmond VAMC projects exposed for botched surgeries that killed dogs received funding from the State during the time of the abuses.
Help make sure your tax dollars aren’t spent on this abuse. Take a moment to write your Congress members and urge them to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to cut federal funding for the most painful dog experiments at the VA.