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End the Continued Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

End the Continued 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

The PUPPERS Act would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Specifically, 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 the animals any suffering, including experiments where analgesics are administered to deal with pain. The bill was introduced in response to investigations at VA facilities around the country by the White Coat Waste Project that revealed dogs are being used for cruel and wasteful experiments at taxpayers’ expense.

This research was defunded for one year in a federal funding bill, but it was recently revealed that the Cleveland VA Medical Center spent an additional $42,721 on seven shipments of puppies even after their funding was cut.

The only way to stop the suffering of dogs used for research by the VA is to permanently prohibit the purchase and use of dogs for painful experiments.

 

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Please End the Suffering of Dogs Used for Research by the VA

Dear [Decision Maker],

I'm writing to ask you to support the passage of the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act, HR 3197, which would permanently prohibit the Veterans Administration (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs.

The House's approval for this measure was reflected in its defunding of these experiments in its 2018 appropriations bill; however, this has proven to be ineffectual. Despite the fact that federal funding was cut in the current annual VA appropriations, it was recently revealed that additional money was spent by the VA on the purchase of puppies for use in 2018-19--a direct contradiction of Congress' intent.

Passage of HR 3197 will ensure that no funding will be available, and no painful research will be conducted, in the future.

This legislation deserves to have public hearings and a chance for a full vote by the House before the end of this legislative session.

As your constituent, I hope that you will take my concerns to heart and act in the best interest of the animals by adding your voice to calls to move this bill forward this year. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]