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End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

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 on July 26 by the U.S. House as an amendment to HR 3219, the Making America Secure Defense Appropriations Act. If 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],

I am writing to you in support of HR 3197, which will prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. While the House has already shown its approval for this measure by including it as an amendment in the 2018 Defense Appropriations bill, HR 3219, 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, Representative 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. I hope that you will also give your support to this legislation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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