As reported by USA Today, NBC News, and others, more than 60 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have just re-introduced the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act (HR 1155) to de-fund “maximum pain” experiments and other cruel and wasteful dog testing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The bill is being led once again by stalwart champions for taxpayers, veterans and dogs Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and combat-wounded Army veteran Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). And the PUPPERS Act just got an endorsement from the First Family as well!
For far too long, the VA has conducted painful, unnecessary experiments on dogs. Today @repdinatitus and I introduced the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to protect pets and put an end to these awful tests once and for all.https://t.co/3t1iUfmL7J
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) February 13, 2019
Last Congress, more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers cosponsored the PUPPERS Act, and Congress enacted legislation for 2018 and 2019 de-funding and drastically restricting dog experimentation at the VA. As a result of these efforts and WCW’s grassroots campaign first launched in 2016, existing dog testing at the VA has been cut by about 75 percent, and several new projects were canceled before they began. All told, no new dog experiments have been approved since July 2017, and only a few remain in Richmond and Cleveland. The PUPPERS Act would permanently prevent any painful VA dog testing.
Take a moment to write your Congress members and urge them to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 1155) to permanently cut federal funding for all painful dog experiments at the VA.