Decision Maker Response

Daniel M. Donovan Jr.’s response

Jul 24, 2017 — I am so grateful to see the widespread public support for efforts by Congress and White Coat Waste Project to stop cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs by the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and other federal agencies.

As you might imagine, I’ve been hearing from a lot of constituents who are upset about this. Personally, I was also disturbed to learn that the V.A.—which is supposed to be taking care of veterans and wounded warriors— is using our tax dollars to cause heart attacks in puppies.

I’m proud to announce that last week I helped introduce the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 3197), which stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species. The bill would stop the V.A. from spending taxpayers’ money to perform painful and deadly experiments on dogs. I am working closely with my colleagues in both parties to end this abuse.

In addition to the PUPPERS Act, I’m working on other bipartisan legislation that aims to replace outdated and expensive government animal tests with high-tech alternatives and ensure the effectiveness of government programs aimed at minimizing animal tests.

Because this is an issue I care about deeply and have worked on my entire career in public service, I am thrilled that animal protection issues are able to unite Republicans and Democrats when little else can.

Thank you so much for your advocacy. We’ve heard you loud and clear on Capitol Hill and are working hard to ensure your tax dollars aren’t paying for animal cruelty.


Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)