WCW GETS RESULTS: U.S. House Votes To Totally Defund VA Dog Testing

Posted by Arin Greenwood
06 July 2020 | Blog

UPDATE December 29, 2020: The VA’s 2021 funding bill has been signed into law! After WCW’s exposé of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ disturbing cat experiments—and our ongoing campaign to stop the VA’s abuse of dogs—Congress has renewed its funding prohibition and restrictions on the VA’s dog, cat, and primate testing (see Sec. 247 on page 1236).

The WCW-backed language, which has been included in federal spending bills since 2018, has prevented any new cat, dog, and primate testing from starting and directs the agency to phase it out entirely by 2025. We’ll keep working toward a complete defunding of the VA’s sick and wasteful dog experiments. Read about this and WCW’s other wins for taxpayers and animals in the 2021 government funding bill in our new blog.

UPDATE July 24, 2020: We’re a step closer to ending all taxpayer funded dog experiments at the VA! The VA’s 2021 funding bill just passed the full House of Representatives, with our defund language in it. (WOO.) The bill now goes to the Senate. We’ll keep you posted!

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💥 💥💥  THIS IS REALLY HUGE 💥 💥 💥: Following WCW’s years-long campaign, the U.S. House’s funding committee has just voted to completely defund ALL dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

Now take another moment to let out a gigantic WOO HOOOOOOO!

This major move forward comes after nearly four years of pressure from White Coat Waste Project and our two million members, veterans groups including AMVETS, and strong leadership from key members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, including Appropriations Chairperson Nita Lowey (D-NY), VA funding panel Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and PUPPERS Act co-leads Reps. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Army veteran Brian Mast (R-FL). Other military veterans including Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have worked closely with us to hold VA accountable.

Led by Reps. Titus and Mast with support from WCW, more than 50 bipartisan Congressmembers signed a letter earlier this year requesting the defund language.

VA Appropriations Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz–a WCW Waste Warrior awardee–doubled down on her commitment to end VA dog tests in a comment on WCW’s Instagram page.


Last year’s VA spending bill strengthened existing restrictions on VA dog testing won by WCW, and extended them to cat and primate experiments. The bill also contained historic language included by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) directing the VA to formulate a plan to phase-out dog, cat, and primate testing by 2025.

The timeline just got moved forward by the language in this year’s bill, which, if enacted, prohibits the VA from using any allocated funds for dog experimentation starting on October 1, 2020. (This is the Fiscal Year 2021 VA spending bill, which governs the VA’s budget from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.) 

You can read the bill here—the language defunding all dog testing starts on page 70.

Photos taken by a whistleblower inside a Department of Veterans Affairs lab in Richmond, Virginia where dogs are subjected to painful taxpayer-funded heart attack experiments.


This important legislation comes less than a week after the National Academies of Science released a report affirming our stance that the VA’s barbaric, taxpayer-funded dog testing program is wasteful, cruel, secretive, and in need of drastic reform.

Thanks to WCW’s advocacy and Congressional leadership, the VA’s use of dogs in painful experiments is already at its lowest point in recent memory.

If the bill does indeed become law, which we are working very hard to make sure happens, it will spell the almost immediate end of the VA’s shameful taxpayer-funded dog testing program!

The subcommittee’s bill now goes to the full House Appropriations Committee and then the entire House for a vote. Then it goes to the Senate, before being signed into law by the President.

In addition to the important language in this year’s VA spending bill, more than 120 members of Congress 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.

Please take a moment to write your members of Congress, and urge them to support the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 1155) to permanently cut federal funding for all painful dog experiments at the VA!

Blog Comments

The testing MUST stop NOW!!!

Why are you still experimenting on poor dogs??
This needs to stop!!!

Please help and defund this wastefulness of animal lives. Stop cruelty to dogs. These loyal and defenseless creatures deserve better. Thank you 🙏🏽

Fermate questo crudele e dispendioso speco di vite innocenti

And mostly defenseless sweet beagles. Shameful.

Congratulations on your effective work. It will be great news when the VA stops torturing animals and Veterans.

Leave these dogs and cats alone. With all the new technology don’t tell us there isn’t other ways to make new things or change things. Leave the animals alone. They don’t deserve the pain and suffering you put them thru. Shame on you.

Shut the place down !! Send the dogs back to the shelter or vet!!


You braved all odds and with your diligence and perseverance you’ve accomplished a feat decades in the making! Thank you!

Stop this outrageous animal abuse.

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