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Rep. Brat Leads Bipartisan Letter to End Painful VA Dog Testing

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Spotsylvania, March 16, 2018 | Juliana Heerscahap (202-225-2815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) led a bipartisan letter with 51 of their colleagues to support defunding the painful and wasteful experiments on dogs at the Department of Veteran Affairs. In it, the Members requested that the House Appropriations Committee include the Brat-Titus amendment in their Fiscal year 2019 spending bill.

Last July the Brat-Titus Amendment received unanimous support in the Making America Secure Appropriations Act that passed the House. This effort complements Reps. Brat and Titus’s bill, the PUPPERS Act, which would permanently end the most painful and distressing categories of dog experiments at the VA.

Rep. Dave Brat said, “When I learned about the harmful experiments on dogs happening at the Richmond VA Medical Center last summer, I immediately introduced legislation to put an end to them. How they were treating dogs at the Richmond facility was horrifying and many of my constituents helped to bring awareness to this issue. Our veterans must have the highest quality of care, however, these unethical painful taxpayer-funded canine research tests have not provided a scientific breakthrough in decades. It is time to defund these wasteful and distressing experiments on man’s best friend.”

Read the full letter here.
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