Mast Applauds House Committee’s Move to Cut All Taxpayer Funding for VA’s Dog Tests Opposed by Veterans

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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.

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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.

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Patty D’Annolfo
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Patty D’Annolfo

Had no idea this was going on, makes me sick to think about this kind of animal abuse, especially to man’s best friend. Thank you Brian and Rep.Titus! We are behind you 110%

Ellen Monchick
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Ellen Monchick

Great job Brian!!! You WILL get my vote when you need it!
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arthur patteson
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arthur patteson

i agree on this sickening thing has to stop

Paul J Cotugno
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Paul J Cotugno

Long overdue. Glad somebody finally got on it.

Carol Harris
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Carol Harris

Thanks for your work on this issue. As a dog trainer, I spend a lot of time with dogs. They are intelligent, affectionate companions that deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.

Annette D Carroll
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Annette D Carroll

These acts are despicable. The VA is once again going too far. Isn’t bad enough they’ve experimented with veterans, now man’s best friend? I support the Puppers Act.

Ada Shissler
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Ada Shissler

Thank you for leading the charge against this deplorable situation.

Lenora VanEtten
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Lenora VanEtten

I wish you the best in your efforts to get this billed passed. Had no idea this cruel research was being carried out by the VA, shame on them.

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