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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117 Comments

  1. What!!!??? The people who are planning to do this are evil vile gutless worthless heartless scum pieces of shit. They should have it done to them instead. Bunch of cruel wankers.

    • Christina Brown says:

      I AGREE….THEY ARE MONSTERS OF THE WORSE TYPE….THEY ARE NOTHING BUT LEGALIZED ANIMAL ABUSERS….VILE COWARD BASTARDS!!! THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE BASTARDS IN THE DOG MEAT TRADES!!!!

  2. what the hell is wrong with this country to allow that they are monsters encouraging cruelty to animals sick sick so called humans

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