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House votes to defund painful dog experiments at VA facilities

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2017)—The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud the House passage of the PUPPERS (Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species) amendment, which was sponsored by Reps. Dave Brat, R-Va., Dina Titus, D-Nev., Ted Poe, R-Texas, Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Brian Mast, R-Fla., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif. The amendment is based on the PUPPERS Act, a bill recently introduced in the House to permanently end the most painful and distressful dog experiments at VA facilities.

The work of White Coat Waste Project shed light on taxpayer dollars being used to subject dogs to harmful research and unveiled violations of the Animal Welfare Act at a VA hospital in Virginia.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS and executive vice president of HSLF, 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. Instead of wasting tax dollars, the VA should invest in the use and continued development of alternatives that are faster, less expensive, more humane, and more relevant to human health than animal studies. We can do better for our Veterans."

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