What’s black and white, and 🔥 all over? News stories about the National Academies of Sciences’s (NAS) comprehensive review of dog testing at Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) labs, that’s what!
The NAS report came out yesterday, following three years of WCW investigations, lobbying, and campaigns against government dog experiments—and it confirmed what we said to the committee conducting the review: Most VA dog testing is unnecessary, and the VA needs to step up efforts to prevent wasteful dog tests and develop and use alternatives.
You know and we know this is a Very Big Deal.
We are thrilled so many important news outlets agree—and that they’re highlighting how our work spurred the report, and our efforts to put an end once and for all to the VA’s cruel, wasteful taxpayer-funded dog experiments.
The report “confirms what we’ve been saying for years and directly told the committee: The VA’s barbaric taxpayer-funded dog testing is wasteful, cruel, secretive, and in need of drastic reforms,” said Justin Goodman, the group’s vice president of advocacy and public policy. “It’s not perfect, but it’s progress.”
A national advisory panel, @theNASEM, released a report concluding that most recent @DeptVetAffairs research involving dogs was unnecessary and that the agency should do more to justify limited use of canines and to improve the lives of those still used.https://t.co/WF8LfmWDus
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) July 1, 2020
And USA Today‘s story, which got reprinted in newspapers all across the country:
Critics of the experiments said the findings ae a step forward. Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at White Coat Waste Project, said in a written statement they confirm the VA’s “barbaric” canine testing program needs an overhaul.
“Veterans and other taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for wasteful and cruel VA dog tests that are opposed by most people and — as is the case with VA’s ongoing dog testing — are outside of the VA’s mission to address veteran-specific ailments,” he said.
Lawmakers and critics raised questions about the invasive and ultimately fatal experiments. https://t.co/GUTKGhAsuQ
— The News Leader (@NewsLeaderNOW) July 2, 2020
Military Times, cited us too:
“Veterans and other taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for wasteful and cruel VA dog tests that are opposed by most people and — as is the case with VA’s ongoing dog testing — are outside of the VA’s mission to address veteran-specific ailments,” said Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy for the group.
As a proud pet owner and animal rights advocate, the issue of animal welfare and pet safety is important. That’s why in Congress I introduced the Puppers Act to end cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs at the VA. https://t.co/ODgGtFWtrx
— Rep. Tony Cárdenas (@RepCardenas) July 2, 2020
That the media would be 👀 about the report is no surprise. We’ve been working with Congress and advocates for years to end the VA’s cruel and wasteful dog testing program, and the media’s been covering our efforts, and our successes, all this time.
Let’s just give you just a couple of examples so we don’t keep you here all day! Here’s USA Today in 2017, the Daily Mail in 2017, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2017, Business Insider in 2018, and well, we could go on and on and on!
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) November 17, 2018
Of course we’ve got Science Magazine crediting WCW in its 2018 story noting that the NAS’s “review traces back to a campaign launched by the White Coat Waste Project in March 2017.”
“The findings from this report will impact how science is done on dogs across the country,” predicted the chairperson of a pro-animal testing industry group, in describing the WCW-led review of government dog labs in the 2018 Science Magazine story.
Putting an end to the VA’s brutal (and wasteful) dog experiments is not only the right thing to do, but it is a win for veterans, taxpayers and man’s best friend. Passing the PUPPERS Act is long overdue, so I won’t stop fighting until we get this done.https://t.co/vS0Fgj2hwF
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) July 17, 2019
We are doing all we can to get us there as fast as we can.
Your support is absolutely critical, and we definitely don’t complain when celebrities lend a hand, as well—shout outs to Go-Go’s founder Jane Wiedlin, three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, Grammy-nominated songwriter Neko Case, and Lara Trump for your help!
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) February 13, 2019
More than 120 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have joined our fight by introducing 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 VA.
Let’s make some more big news soon, by getting the bipartisan PUPPERS Act passed into law.
Please help by writing your Congressmembers and urging them to support the PUPPERS Act to permanently cut federal funding for all painful dog experiments at the VA!