VICTORY! Historic Virginia Law Defunds “Maximum Pain” Dog and Cat Experiments

09 April 2018 | Featured, Newsworthy


In a historic win for taxpayers and animals following WCW investigations, Virginia has enacted the country’s first law that would prevent tax dollars from being spent on “maximum pain” experiments on dogs and cats at the Richmond VA Medical Center and all other facilities across the state.

The legislation (SB 28) was introduced by Republican Senators Bill Stanley and Glen Sturtevant following WCW exposés of how painful and wasteful dog experiments at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond were receiving state and federal tax dollars. During debate on the bill, Senator Stanley told his colleagues:

“This is just throwing down a marker, basically, that says we aren’t going to use taxpayer money for what I would consider a deeply unethical and immoral practice.”

WCW worked closely with the Senators, testified in favor of the legislation, and rallied our nearly 10,000 members in Virginia to urge lawmakers to support the bill. The bipartisan legislation unanimously passed the Virginia House and Senate, and was endorsed by the influential Richmond Times-Dispatch.

WCW VP Justin Goodman testifies in support of SB 28 at a Virginia Senate hearing


Help us build on this momentum and cut federal funding for this abuse nationwide! Urge Congress to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to stop the VA from using your tax dollars to fund “maximum pain” dog experiments.

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