Stop Abusive Dog Experiments
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As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) is using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services.
According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve:
- giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.)
- cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.)
- damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.)
Most of the beagles, hounds and other dogs in these laboratories won’t even be given a name, just a number that’s tattooed inside of their ears. Like female beagles DM163618 and DM163625 who were born in June 2016 and will be spending their first birthday imprisoned inside a Milwaukee V.A. laboratory, if they haven’t already been killed for invasive brain experiments.
Most Americans agree—75% of voters want to end dog experimentation and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are speaking out against the V.A.’s cruelty. The Los Angeles V.A. has announced it is ending its painful and deadly dog experiments, and the last three V.A. laboratories using dogs can and should follow suit. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to cut funding next year for the V.A.'s painful dog experiments, and the Senate will consider the measure later this year.
Please join us in urging VA Secretary David Shulkin to end this abuse immediately as he works to reform the V.A.
Dylan Miller, US Army Ret.
William Barko, US Army Ret.
John Blaha, USAF Ret.
Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.
Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.
Chris Burand, US Army Ret.
Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable discharge
William Coll, US Army Ret.
Michael Donahue, USN
Wayne Hair, US Army Ret.
Ed Hernandez, USMC
Jennifer Johnson, USN Ret.
Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.
Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.
Robert Reed, USAF Ret.
Diane Solomon, USN Spouse
Tyler Spires, US Army
Virginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.
Danell Tomasella, US Army Ret.
Jennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.
Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.
Please stop cruel and wasteful dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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