🔥🔥”The Veterans Administration is doing things to cats that would land an individual in jail, and you’re paying for it.”🔥🔥
That’s the first line in the Nevada Current’s great story about White Coat Waste Project’s new investigation, revealing how the VA is purchasing, crippling, and killing 6-month-old kittens in secretive constipation experiments… to the tune of more than $8.4 million in taxpayer dollars.
Holy 💩, the press is taking notice!
Here’s how WCW whipped up the 💩 storm that’s taking over the airwaves … and Capitol Hill.
(Hint: we do it in 3 steps. Think “F.E.D.”)
Step #1: FIND the waste. First, we follow the money.
Step #2: EXPOSE the waste. Then, we leaked proof how three VA labs are buying kittens at taxpayer expense, injecting fake stool up their anuses, severing their spinal cords, and removing their brains.
Now media is all over this outrageous misuse of taxpayer funds.
TRIGGER ALERT: Lawmakers press Veterans Affairs for information on recently uncovered, ‘sickening’ cat experiments. This hurts my heart. https://t.co/L9agqOlhrs
— Kathleen Jacob FOX17 (@Kathleenjjacob) August 12, 2020
Here’s Military.com, quoting our VP Justin Goodman:
Since at least 2015, the Cleveland VA has been “torturing cats as young as 6 months old in disturbing constipation and incontinence experiments,” which involve implanting electrodes to stimulate their bladders or colons, injecting artificial stool, and snapping their spines, said Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, in a statement.
Most of the test subjects exhibited “distress, seizures, bloody urine, and even depression,” an analysis of the medical records showed.
VA Continues to ‘Torture’ Cats in Medical Research, Rights Group Claims https://t.co/hg5zKSnQHJ
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) August 5, 2020
Step #3: DEFUND the waste. Of course, raising awareness isn’t enough. So WCW immediately rallied 30 powerful Members of Congress to put the VA on notice.
Now these Democrats and Republican lawmakers are getting great coverage—in their home districts, like the Nevada Current’s story on Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), which the Nevada Independent also picked up, and Colorado Politics on Joe Neguse (D-CO).
Evidence has determined most VA dog testing is unnecessary, Titus writes in a letter to the VA. “Likewise, we are concerned that the VA’s use of cats for invasive and terminal taxpayer-funded research may not be warranted.”https://t.co/3l3dzNZi9m
— Nevada Current (@NevadaCurrent) August 13, 2020
And The Sun—a UK publication—which notes that seven of the Congress members who signed the letter are themselves veterans, including Rep. Mast.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued waste of taxpayer dollars to fund cruel, painful experiments on cats is unacceptable. I will keep fighting for answers until this terrible practice comes to an end!https://t.co/XCME4xWgd7
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) August 13, 2020
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We are extremely grateful for all the interest and support.
But the media 💩 storm we’re REALY looking forward to is when we get the VA’s horrific cat-stipation labs shut down!
Please help us “cut the crap” by taking a moment to write and urge Congress to de-fund VA’s kitten labs and make the VA adopt out the survivors!