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Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Maria Salazar

Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

UPDATE (September 2018): U.S. Congress and the President enacted a law extending restrictions on VA's dog experiments through 2019. Read more here. --- UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) has been 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.) With the support of 75% of taxpayers and a coalition of influential Democratic and Republican lawmakers, in March 2018 Congress enacted legislation that cuts funding for and drastically restricts future dog testing at the VA. Now, please join us in urging the VA Secretary to PERMANENTLY end this waste and abuse.   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 dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.

White Coat Waste Project
210,283 supporters
Update posted 1 hour ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Denis McDonough, Rep. Maria Salazar

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

White Coat Waste Project
807,093 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Tom Vilsack

Stop USDA's Kitten Cannibalism Experiments

VICTORY UPDATE: Following your advocacy and WCW's hard-fought campaign, the USDA has ended these experiments and adopted out the surviving cats to loving homes. ------ My name is Dr. Jim Keen. And I participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s taxpayer-funded experiments. For two decades, I worked for the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Perhaps you've heard of my former employer -- it also runs the notorious USDA Kitten Slaughterhouse where thousands of kittens have been killed in wasteful tests.  Now I’m working with White Coat Waste Project and Congress to de-fund and defeat this government animal abuse. Here’s what you need to know: 3,000 Kittens Slaughtered and Incinerated: they’re only 10-weeks old. But USDA kills healthy kittens for its pointless Toxoplasmosis experiments. $22 Million in Taxes: we’ve been forced to pay the bill for nearly 50 years! USDA Defiant: government refuses to adopt out survivors, even though veterinary and public health authorities agree these kittens don’t need to be incinerated like trash. But it gets even worse: USDA buys dog and cats from China’s meat markets... and it feeds their hearts and brains to the Kitten Slaughterhouse's trapped lab victims! “Purchased from Asian meat markets to be part of experiments by the USDA.”–ABC News That's what we just exposed to Time Magazine, NBC News, the Washington Post, and the international media with our new investigation. As a former USDA employee, veterinarian, and scientist with over a quarter century of experience in public health, I know there’s no way to defend senseless government waste and abuse like this. Bottom line: taxpayers should never be forced to pay-off China’s worst dog and cat meat markets and slaughterhouses! That’s why I’m working with Congress to pass the KITTEN Act. This critical legislation will cut USDA Kitten Slaughterhouse’s tax funding … forever! Please join me: demand Congress pass the KITTEN Act. Let’s end the killings and incinerations, adopt out the survivors, and stop USDA’s Asian dog meat shopping spree! -Jim Keen, DVM, PhD

White Coat Waste Project
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