UPDATE: VA Inspector General probes suspicious VA dog testing approvals

Posted by Justin Goodman
07 February 2019 | Blog, POW


Following a bipartisan request from military veterans Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV), the VA Inspector General has initiated an investigation of the agency’s suspicious “approval” in early 2018 for continued wasteful and cruel dog testing following a defund and restrictions enacted by Congress and the President.

Original post 12/18/18


A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is demanding an “immediate investigation” into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) potentially unlawful continuation of wasteful and deadly dog experiments, including heart attack tests in puppies.

According to reports last month by USA Today and Richmond, Virginia’s ABC affiliate WRIC, former VA Secretary David Shulkin denies the VA’s recent claims that as Secretary he gave personal approval–which is required by law in order to use tax dollars–for the VA’s dog experiments to continue.  Documents obtained by White Coat Waste Project via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) also show that VA was poised to purchase and kill more puppies despite new restrictions on the practice and, apparently, without the Secretary’s required approval.

Now, Congress members Dina Titus (D-NV), Dave Brat (R-VA) and military veterans Ted Lieu (D-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) have a sent a pointed letter to VA Inspector General Michael Missal requesting an “immediate investigation” into the approval process, and criticizing what they call, “the VA’s persistent lack of transparency and accountability in its use of this cruel practice.”

Take a moment to write your Congress members and urge them to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to permanently cut federal funding for all painful dog experiments at the VA.

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Stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of these poor animals. It is disguesting!!!

This is a cruel and unnecessary act and needs to stop

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