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VA Experimentation Chief Says VA Didn’t Use Puppies, But Docs Prove They Did

Jonah Bennett: ‘The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) animal experimentation chief claimed in a recent interview that no puppies were experimented on at the Richmond VA, but documents provided by the VA to Congress show the exact opposite. “We are not using any puppies in the research at Richmond,” animal experimentation chief Dr. Michael Fallon claimed recently in an interview with 8News, responding to reports that puppies are being used in experiments. “I keep seeing these news reports of puppies,” Fallon continued. “That’s not true.” But according to information provided by the VA to Congress in 2016, the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA medical center in Richmond, Va., experimented on dozens of puppies from early 2015 to late 2016… When asked how to reconcile Fallon’s public statements that no puppies were experimented on with the actual data, a VA spokesman told TheDCNF that “What Dr. Fallon said is true in the vast majority of cases… In rare circumstances, VA has worked with canines less than a year old, but even then the canines were adult size,” the spokesman added…

Public outcry over the last several months in response to reports of dog experimentation at the VA has prompted action from Congress. Republican Rep. Dave Brat and Democratic Rep. Dina Titus introduced a bill in early July called the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act (PUPPERS Act) to prevent medical experiments on dogs that cause pain or distress’. SOURCE…

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