Name: Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act
Bill Number: HR 3197
This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
(VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress
to dogs. It would prohibit the VA from purchasing, breeding, transporting,
housing, feeding, maintaining, disposing of or experimenting on dogs as part of
any study that would cause suffering to dogs, including experiments where
analgesics are administered to deal with pain.
The text of this bill was approved by the U.S. House as an
amendment to HR 3219, the Making America Secure Defense Appropriations Act. This
language has also been incorporated in a more recent omnibus funding bill, HR
3354, which is currently being considered by the Senate. If the omnibus bill passes,
it would end funding for these horrific experiments for the 2018 fiscal year,
but not in the future.
It is still essential to pass this bill to ensure
that dogs are no longer used for harmful and wasteful experimentation at the
Veteran’s Affairs now or in the future.
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Support a Ban on the Veteran Administration's Use of Dogs for Painful Experiments
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please consider adding your sponsorship to HR 3197, which will prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Although the House as already shown its approval for this measure by including it as an amendment in 2018 appropriations bills, the passage of HR 3197 will ensure that no funding will be available in the future for these types of research and testing.According to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dave Brat, "The revelations regarding the dog laboratory testing at McGuire VAMC are disturbing and the descriptions are almost on the scale of torture. We must have quality health care for our veterans and the best medical research, but I believe there are alternative and more humane methods that can lead to similar medical breakthroughs." I agree with Rep. Brat that this legislation will help end inhumane programs being conducted at VA facilities around the country once and for all by ensuring that taxpayers do not foot the bill for purchasing, breeding, transporting and disposing of dogs. While the VA is defending its research, claiming that all protocols go through rigorous evaluation before being approved, the fact that horrific research is being conducted despite these alleged checks means that the checks are not effective in protecting animal welfare.I hope that you will become a sponsor of this legislation.Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]