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More Co-sponsors Needed to End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

More Co-sponsors Needed to 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

The PUPPERS Act 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.

This legislation was introduced in response to investigations last year that revealed that VA facilities around the country are using dogs for harmful and wasteful experimentation at the taxpayers’ expense. While the PUPPERS Act would not end all research on dogs, it would put an end to some very cruel research carried out by a federal agency and prevent future harmful experimentation by this agency.

This year’s bill, sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus, was introduced with 61 co-sponsors already on board. The bill now has 112 sponsors, but more co-sponsors are needed to ensure that this bill will move forward. Obtaining at least 218 co-sponsors would ensure that the bill would pass the House.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to join the fight against the use of dogs for harmful experiments at the VA by joining as a co-sponsor of the PUPPERS Act. 

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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 ask for your support of the PUPPERS Act, HR 1155, which will prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. If you are not already a co-sponsor of this bill, I urge you to become one. If you are already a co-sponsor, please urge the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health to conduct hearings on this legislation.

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 urge you to give your full support to the passage of 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]