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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 1155

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.

First introduced last session by Rep. Dave Brat, the PUPPERS Act came in response to investigations that revealed that VA facilities around the country are using dogs for harmful and wasteful experimentation at the taxpayers’ expense. No action was taken on this bill last year, although it garnered 101 co-sponsors before the end of the session. This year’s bill, sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus, was introduced with 61 co-sponsors already on board.

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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 1155, which will prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs.

This legislation, introduced following the revelation of horrific research being conducted on dogs at McGuire VAMC, will help end inhumane programs being conducted at VA facilities around the country by ensuring that taxpayers do not foot the bill for purchasing, breeding, transporting and disposing of dogs for this research.

There are many other more effective and technologically-advanced ways to address the health care issues that our veterans face, including research using human cells, tissue and non-human models. Let us not continue to rely upon cruel, wasteful and archaic methods of helping to treat the people who have served our country so well.

I hope that you will also give your support to this legislation, ending the use of dogs for experiments by the VA.

Thank you for your consideration.

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