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Another Push Needed to End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

Another Push Needed to End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

Name: Another Push Needed to End the Use of Dogs for Harmful Experiments at the VA

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 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, now has 115 cosponsors, but it is still stalled in the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. A provision to stop funding this research at the VA was included in the House version of the VA Appropriations bill for 2020 (HR 3055), but that would impact only research done during that fiscal year. Passage of the PUPPERS Act would end this invasive research on dogs forever.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to join the fight against the use of dogs for harmful experiments at the VA by demanding a hearing this year. 

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  1. Please contact your U.S. Representative again and urge them to support 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. While many VA facilities have already abandoned this harmful research on dogs, McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond has already received approval for an extension of their cruel dog experiments.

Please urge the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health to conduct hearings on this legislation so that it may move forward in the House. The inclusion of a provision in the 2020 Appropriations Act, HR 3055, to deny funding to VA medical research that causes pain or distress to dogs, was a great achievement, but it would only impact funding for fiscal year 2020.

Passage of the PUPPERS Act would ensure that funding ceases permanently for these cruel experiments.

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.

Thank you for your support on this important issue.

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