PROGRESS: U.S. House votes to de-fund VA dog testing

Posted by Justin Goodman
25 June 2019 | Blog

UPDATE (6/25/19): Following WCW advocacy and leadership from Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV), Brian Mast (R-FL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the full U.S. House of Representatives has passed its 2020 VA spending bill that completely defunds painful dog testing at the agency (see section 247). The Senate will consider the legislation this summer.


The powerful House Appropriations Committee has just passed its 2020 spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the legislation includes a measure de-funding of all of the VA’s painful dog testing (see section 247)!

Earlier this year, White Coat Waste Project worked with Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and combat-wounded veteran Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL)–the leaders of the PUPPERS Act— to rally over 5o Republican and Democrat lawmakers to request that the de-fund be included in the bill authored by Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)–an outspoken leader on this issue and WCW Waste Warrior awardee–and Ranking Member John Carter (R-TX).

WCW ads running in conjunction with tax season in cities where the VA still abuses dogs in taxpayer-funded experiments.

This is just the most recent progress in WCW’s ongoing campaign to end the VA’s abuse of dogs and puppies in wasteful experiments with taxpayer dollars.

For the past two years, as a result of WCW’s efforts, advocacy from veterans groups and support from the First Family, Congress and President Trump have enacted legislation restricting wasteful and cruel VA dog testing.  Those historic measures have helped drastically cut the number of VA dog experiments down from 15 down to just 5 today.

Whistleblower photos of dogs abused in the Richmond VA’s “maximum pain” heart attack experiments

However, as we exposed with our current tax season ad campaign, the Cleveland VA just purchased more hound puppies to cripple in deadly spinal cord tests. And at the Richmond VA, experimenters continue to give puppies heart attacks by injecting latex into their arteries in maximum pain tests with no relief.  The VA’s puppy skull-drilling experiments in Milwaukee have been inactive for 6 months, and we’re working to secure their permanent end.

We will keep you posted as this de-fund legislation continues to advance through Congress towards the President’s desk.

In the meantime, urge your Members of Congress to join the 100-plus lawmakers cosponsoring the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 1155) to permanently cut federal funding for all painful VA dog experiments.

Blog Comments

These wasteful and painful experiments on puppies must stop immediately!!! How dare you torture these puppies and dogs! Shame on you! You have no Hearts whatsoever and this must stop immediately defund all experiments and wasteful testing on dogs immediately!!!

This unspeakable torture and abuse must be abolished by any means. Nobody has the right to torment innocent lives this way for profits. Majority of tax paying citizens and residents are against this horrible treatment to innocent dogs that have to live with pain, discomfort and without fresh air from outside since they are born. It is that It is not unacceptable. How can these people live their lives having dinner and sleeping after torturing innocent lives? Animal testing does not guarantee safety of the products on humans; human bodies and animal bodies not the same and react differently. Recent technology is available to test without using animals. Please stop this horrible practice immediately.

Stop hurting animals ☹️

Please cut funding for these horrible experiments on VA puppies!!

These Kittens, Cats , Puppies, Dogs, Monkeys & any other Animals Of GOD’S Creation are Not Here for You to experiment on, inflict Pain on or Adduct to drugs or any other sadistic act !!! STOP this evil at once & ADOPT OUT ALL SURVIVORS !!! WE, The TAXPAYERS,

I agree! I never authorized my hard-earned tax dollars to go to torture and kill defenseless animals! Makes me absolutely sick. But I’m also glad Congress is doing something about it…please dear

Good start but now go after the drug companies and stop them too. There is no need for this.

Save the animals they’re worth saving torturing them and mistreating them is not the way humans are supposed to treat the animals that God blessed us with

Defund and CLOSE DOWN the VA labs that are causing poor, innocent dogs to have heart attacks. Please pass the Puppers Act and stop this abusive torture. These people who run these labs are cruel, heartless people. These dogs are being tortured on a daily basis. Please intervene and close all their doors NOW.

This is such a terrible thing that humans do to torture other living, breathing animals. Dogs and most other animals feel pain, emotions and most all feelings that humans feel! Do unto others (even animals) as you would like done to you! THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY! We need to speak up for the ones that have no voice!

He can not believe that they continue to use animals for experiments. Even when they are going to stop

Thanks to the legislators who are helping these little animals.

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