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
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.
Before this bill can be passed, however, the Committee
charged with its review must hold public hearings to consider the legislation,
approve the measure and then send it to the full chamber for a vote.
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Please Ask the Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee to Initiate Hearings on HR 3197
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing to ask you to urge the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health to hold hearings on the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act, HR 3197. This bill has been held in committee since July 2017, and I don't want to see this bill, like so many other animal welfare bills, die in committee without a chance to be heard.This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Although the House has already shown its approval for this measure by including it as an amendment in 2018 appropriations bills, 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, Rep. 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. While the VA is defending its research, claiming that all protocols go through rigorous evaluation before being approved, the fact that horrific research is being conducted despite these alleged checks means that the checks are not effective in protecting animal welfare.This legislation deserves to have public hearings to consider the merits of ending invasive research on dogs by the VA. Please urge the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health to move forward with consideration of this bill.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]