FOIA TO FREEDOM: How WCW Saved Bob from the VA’s “House of Horrors” Lab in LA

Posted by Devin Murphy
27 January 2022 | Blog


Meet Bob. Formerly known as gov’t dog #CZNIAF.

Allow us to introduce you to Bob.

Bob is a happy hound with a loving family. But Bob’s life wasn’t always so happy. Bob’s path here was long and difficult, but White Coat Waste Project is proud that we helped take Bob from FOIA to freedom.

Bob was born in February of 2008. Before his first birthday, he was shipped to Los Angeles…but he wasn’t going there for fun in the sun.

Instead, he was shipped to a secretive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) laboratory, where we learned his name was officially CZNIAF. (Doesn’t really roll off the tongue).

WCW used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to expose the Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs’ (LA VA) cruel and wasteful dog tests for the world to see. Bob was being subjected to experiments to test medical devices.

These are Bob’s actual lab records.

After learning about Bob and the other dogs imprisoned at the LA VA, we were fortunate to meet a whistleblower who lived at an adjoining VA facility, where he was able to see dogs being led out into a concrete lot behind the laboratory. This brave individual, an Iraq veteran, didn’t know what the VA was doing with Bob and these dogs — until he read about our campaign. The whistleblower was shocked to learn what was going on behind closed doors at the VA, calling their dog lab a “house of horrors.

The whistleblower was able to snap a few photos of the dogs he saw, including Bob:

Public outcry was swift and fierce. After WCW whipped up a maelstrom of bad press, mobilized an army of angry taxpayers, and rallied Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the VA announced it was shutting down some of its dog experiments, and canceling future experiments it had planned.

The experiments Bob was used in were ended, too, and he was spared from death.

Following WCW’s campaign, the VA has also cut its dog testing by nearly 80 percent and ended its primate experiments in Minnesota and in Connecticut. We also ended the VA’s kitten experiments at the same lab in Los Angeles, as well as its “cat-stipation” experiments in Cleveland, too.

And Bob isn’t the only one rescued via the “FOIA to freedom” pathway forged by WCW’s campaigns…

🐵 In 2018, WCW shut down the FDA’s $5.5 million nicotine addiction lab…then we retired and released these 26 squirrel monkeys to a warm Florida sanctuary.

😻 In 2019, WCW closed the USDA’s $22 million “Kitten Slaughterhouse” lab…then we adopted out Delilah, Petite, and the 14 cat survivors. Check out their Capitol Hill field trip to meet the legislators who helped save them!

🐰 And, in 2020, WCW exposed and ended the EPA’s taxpayer-funded animal testing program…then we got Administrator Wheeler to pardon the bunny survivors.

Your tax dollars purchased these animals. So after WCW finds, exposes, and defunds the abuse, government white coats should #GiveThemBack. Survivors deserve a second chance to live out their lives in peace and happiness…like Bob.

Violet’s Law would ensure that USDA and all government labs develop an adoption policy for its animals, just as the VA, the NIH, and the FDA have already put in place.

Take action! Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor the AFTER Act — aka Violet’s Law — to provide a second chance to animals abused in wasteful government experiments!

Blog Comments

Vile and despicable people work at these alleged research facilities where their alleged professionalism amounts to caging, torturing, brutalizing and killing animals. Can you imagine the kind of people whose careers result in such horrors? They should be banished from society — in the harshest manner possible!

why a second chance, should not happen to begin with, so if they are keeping and allowing animal lab torture to continue, what’s the purpose, this is ongoing from government. so you want money to help help animals after the torture is stupid. shut it all down

I agree completely!!!!! This needs to be stopped all together!!! These dogs should never have to go through such stupid testing for stupid reasons for stupid people!!!!!!!!

So True!! It is pitiful!

I cannot think of one reason to not giving these innocent, tortured animals their chance for a new life with someone who would actually have compassion, love and would be willing to treat these animals with the respect they deserve. Please seriously consider closing all the experiment labs & allowing every animal, no matter what species, a peaceful, rest of their life experience. Thank you for considering this request.

Please end all the suffering and outlaw all research lab to shut down immediately. And stop all the suffering for texts that don’t need to be done. And jail the teachers and doctors allowing this to go on…

Enough with the animal testing already. It must stop now!
Incredibly cruel as well as ineffective.
Please find alternatives.
Thank you.

Enough with the animal testing already. It must stop now!
Incredibly cruel as well as ineffective.
Please find alternatives.
Thank you.

I hate what WCW uncovers but i love what they do. The links in your testimonials show real results and that’s why i never mind chipping in albeit a meager amount. Please please please don’t stop. Keep fighting for both animals and our tax dollars.

If some of these poor, deluded people really believe that they are advancing the cause of science, their formal education wasn’t comprehensive enough (I use the term ‘education’ advisedly because nowadays, people confuse academic qualifications with true ‘education’). Although this might have been the case in the past – nowadays – pah.. !! Either memory regurgitation and/or multiple-choice questions that don’t remotely stretch the brain’s processes are what pass for the ‘examination’ procedure and then the award of a degree or certificate.

However, there are also some who genuinely have no compassion and who subscribe to Descartes’s view of animals as not really being sentient creatures; they would probably have been right at home in Hitler’s Nazi Germany and other contemporary totalitarian regimes around the world..

How they can possibly justify their senseless experiments – that more often than not do not work and have no bearing on helping mankind – is beyond me.

They are a disgrace to the human race; if indeed, they are really human; often wonder if people like them actually have souls..??

You know that Faucci was also behind this, right???!!! But he’s such a big deal now, he’s letting Collins take the fall for them both!😡

Abusing animals is a crime, a very serious crime.

Thank you! Any chance we can aim our sights on pharma companies too? Some of them in our area pay ppl to round up ‘stray’ cats..

Stop all animal abuse and neglect. Stop all experiments and let’s institute laws in all areas of animals that protect them from harm.

Please stop these useless experiments on these poor innocent animals.

Please stop these cruel and useless experiments.

Please stop these useless experiments!

Just stop torturing poor animals. It’s just ridiculous and cruel. These people that do this need to rot in hell

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