You already know about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ cruel and wasteful experiments on dogs. With your help, we’ve made historic steps toward defunding and defeating it. We also worked with Congress last year to secure a phase-out of the VA’s testing on cats and primates by 2025.
, a new White Coat Waste Project investigation reveals why our efforts to defeat and defund the VA’s cat labs are so urgent.
As first reported by The Sun
Documents we obtained—including shocking never-before-seen photos and videos—through the Freedom of Information Act show that since at least 2015, the Cleveland VA has wasted over $3 million of your tax money torturing cats as young as 6 months old in disturbing constipation and incontinence experiments.
The VA purchases healthy cats, performs invasive surgeries to implant electrodes to remotely stimulate their bladders or colons, severs some of the cats’ spinal cords, and then kills and dissects them.
Some of the cats have artificial stool made from “bran, potato flour and saline” inserted into their anuses for the experiments. Records show the experimental procedures caused cats distress, seizures, bloody urine, and even depression.
The VA plans to kill 35 cats in these bizarre and wasteful experiments. Invoices we obtained show that the VA buys a batch of cats each August and September, meaning that the next delivery is coming up soon.
VA Continues to ‘Torture’ Cats in Medical Research, Rights Group Claims https://t.co/hg5zKSnQHJ
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) August 5, 2020
WCW already defunded the VA’s dog tests, and knocked out the USDA’s kitten slaughterhouse lab—which was the largest cat abusing lab in the entire federal government.
With your help, we’ll knock this one out next. We are 2 million members strong, and we get results.