Congressman and veteran Brian Mast (R-Fla.) has been one of the loudest voices in opposition to the taxpayer-funded dog experiments at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and he’s applauding a House committee’s latest move to defund the project.
The House Appropriations Committee passed its 2020 funding bill for the VA on Friday, which includes language calling for the elimination of all taxpayer funding to the department’s painful tests on dogs.
Mast, who led the charge with Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) to rally over 50 Republicans and Democrats to request such language be included in the bill and co-sponsors the PUPPERS Act aimed at permanently ending the experiments, celebrated the committee’s vote in a statement to IJR:
I don’t think it’s too much to ask to want the VA to do better for veterans and man’s best friend than harming and killing puppies in painful experiments opposed by pretty much everybody. We’ve made good progress already to significantly curb the VA’s dog testing and it’s great news that the language completely de-funding this animal abuse was included in the 2020 spending bill that just passed the Appropriations Committee.
“There’s more work to do to make this law, but if we can get it passed it’ll be the final nail in the coffin of this awful program,” he added.
Public policy manager of taxpayer watchdog White Coat Waste Project, Noelle Callahan, also applauded the news while speaking with IJR.
With the House Appropriations Committee passing Reps. Mast and Titus’s language to de-fund the VA’s dog experiments and over 100 lawmakers supporting the bipartisan PUPPERS Act to permanently end this despicable practice, it’s clear that voters and Congress are anxious to end the VA’s taxpayer-funded canine cruelty.
The widely-criticized dog experiments at the VA have come under fire from Republican lawmakers who want to put an end to the wasteful practice. Lara Trump and veterans groups have also voiced their opposition — especially considering they have continued under questionable legal circumstances.
As IJR Red reported, several veterans in Congress and veterans group AMVETS have called out the department for spending taxpayer dollars on abusing man’s best friend. Amid the backlash, the VA has reportedly begun looking into using alternative methods instead.