In 2016, White Coat Waste Project was the first organization to expose wasteful and cruel experiments on dogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and launch a campaign to defund it. Now, the embattled program is on its last legs, with a new report stating that, “VA’s taxpayer-funded dog experiments slow to a near-end” and Congress just voting to cut all funding for this waste and abuse.
“As an Air Force veteran, I don’t want the VA wasting its limited resources on outdated, cruel and unnecessary research on dogs. We can and should do better for veterans and dogs and I’m proud to support the PUPPERS Act to end this abuse.”https://t.co/vpCZhIGyXF
— Denver Riggleman (@Denver4VA) June 19, 2019
Following nearly 3 years of WCW grassroots advocacy, lobbying and exposés, there are fewer dog experiments at the VA than any time in recent history. Thanks to WCW’s efforts and veterans’ advocacy, Congress and the President have drastically restricted funding for VA dog testing, and we’ve seen historic progress to shut down this waste and abuse including:
Now, only one VA facility–in Richmond, Virginia–is still actively doing painful heart attack experiments on dogs, and the VA recently announced it is investing $2 million to develop alternatives to dog use for these tests.
Congress is taking bold steps to end this waste and abuse for good. The House of Representatives just passed the 2020 VA funding bill which cuts all taxpayer funding for painful VA dog testing. Additionally, the PUPPERS Act to permanently stop VA dog testing has the support of 109 bipartisan cosponsors, including 17 military veterans serving in Congress.
Please urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 1155) to permanently cut federal funding for all painful VA dog experiments!