Stop Government Plan to Kill Dogs in Cruel Experiments

Target: David Shulkin, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Goal: Don’t kill 18 dogs for cruel medical experiment.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to kill over a dozen dogs in a cruel experiment. The 18 narcoleptic Dobermans would be given antidepressants or methamphetamine before they are killed. Scientists would then try to measure how the drugs affect the production of histamines in the brain. Experts hope that this experiment will help determine whether heightened histamine production in those with narcolepsy is a response to treatment or a part of the disease itself.

It is currently unknown to lawmakers whether the experiment is in planning stages or already underway. The only reason the experiment was discovered was due to a Freedom of Information Act request by rights group the White Coat Waste Project. It has also come to light that the VA may be misrepresenting the nature of its experiments, with this particular test being labeled as “observational.”

Some members of Congress, including Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who represents the area of West L.A. where the VA is located, have announced plans to stop these cruel experiments. According to a letter from him and other lawmakers, “without access to FOIA documents, we would not have known the VA was providing misleading information or that dogs were even being used in these experiments.”

Not only is this type of experimentation barbaric, the apparent coverup of information on the testing is concerning. Sign the petition below to ask that these cruel experiments are immediately put to an end and that more transparency about animal experimentation is introduced.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Shulkin,

Lawmakers have recently exposed the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ plans to kill 18 narcoleptic Dobermans as part of a cruel experiment. The dogs would be injected with drugs before being killed so that scientists can measure histamine levels in their brains and how these levels may relate to narcolepsy. These experiments seem to have been misrepresented and covered up by the VA, being labeled as “observational.”

These experiments are cruel, and the lack of transparency surrounding them sends up red flags. We, the undersigned, demand that these tests are immediately cancelled and that in the future, the VA is honest with lawmakers and the public about all animal testing.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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113 Comments

  1. Daniela Bress says:

    You should be too ashamed to ever leave your house again – such greedy, destructive, selfish, megalomaniac, reckless and worthless human molecules like yours are the reason why I’m disgusted by my own species!

  2. STOP THIS FRUITLESS WASTE OF OUR MONEY!! ANIMALS ARE NOT HUMANS, 99 PERCENT OF THESE TESTS ARE A FAILURE!! PEOPLE ARE ANGRY, YES WE ARE LOOKING AT PRIOR STATS. IT IS AN ABOMINATION, THESE RESEARCHERS MUST BE STOPPED.

  3. Carolyn Taylor says:

    This abuse and murder of precious living beings is very wrong and must be stopped, now!

  4. You are a bunch of cruel cold-hearted sociopaths. Shame on you, these are intelligent, loving, living beings. They aren’t inferior to humans, and don’t deserve this treatment. This is disgusting and makes me hate the human race. I say we test on you, pos bastards. Or how about criminals on death row? These tests aren’t even accurate. They need to be stopped and you need to get a heart, listen to the outcry of anger by people

  5. Btw- pos bastards, you can use Ritalin for narcolepsy. My dad uses it, don’t need additional terrible meds and methods of testing.

  6. Maria Gonzales says:

    I can only hope horrible things happen to those of you who participate in this. That would be justice!!!

  7. angelina ricketts says:

    I hate animal experiment on any animals and are furbies and then kill them this is heartless x

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  9. renate botzler says:

    Nature treats back now Monsters
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Take responsibility for your Being on Earth
    Because I am a Guardian for the animals

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