Taxpayer-funded torture of dogs may very soon be a thing of the past. Introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House, the PUPPERS Act (Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species) was unanimously approved on the House floor on Wednesday.
This bi-partisan amendment would prohibit the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research on dogs and disallow painful, distressing experiments. To keep up the momentum, please contact your Senate reps here and ask them to support the PUPPERS Act to permanently end taxpayer-funded cruelty.
Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) were sponsors of the original bill; when signed, the Brat Amendment, as it was officially labeled, was cosponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas), Ro Khanna (D-Ca.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), and Ted Lieu (D-Ca).
As to how this change was made possible, extensive violations of federal animal welfare regulations at the taxpayer-funded V.A. Medical Center in Richmond, VA, were brought to light by the White Coat Waste Project. Rep. Brat became involved, calling the revelations “disturbing, horrific and inhumane,” and went on to say,
“the descriptions are almost on the scale of torture.”
He continued, “(the conditions) are not meeting the highest standards and healthy puppies are suffering through induced heart attack studies. The VA’s first priority should be caring for our veterans, not harming man’s best friend.”
The bill clearly sets out defined expectations which prohibit taxpayer-funded “pain or distress for puppies.” Per Rep. Titus, “the bill would benefit both our vets and our four-legged friends.”
The Humane Society sent out a call to action earlier today, asking advocates to contact their representatives to vote in favor of the amendment – and your voices were heard!
“The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud the House passage of the PUPPERS amendment.”
Said Rep. Brat, “My family had a Doberman and he was part of our family. I cannot imagine conducting these types of tests on man’s best friend.”
The VA Medical Center in LA halted planned tests on narcoleptic dogs last month, leaving four VA facilities with dog testing laboratories. This amendment helps dogs at VA facilities across the country.
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The HSUS, applauded the passage of the amendment and said, “This decision is a win for the dogs within VA facilities as well the future of research.”
ShelterMe.tv reported previously on the groundbreaking efforts on behalf of animals by the White Coat Waste Project. According to WCW, most Americans want funding for animal experimentation cut off. You can learn more about them here and join their fight. 60,979 dogs were used in the U.S. for “research, testing, teaching, or experimentation” in 2016, according to NAVS.