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It seems the Department of Veterans Affairs is yet again in the spotlight but this time, for its treatment of animals, particularly dogs.
Before, we proceed with the article, let’s watch a video of a drug addicted dog who get’s a second chance.
The VA has long been experimenting on canines to help develop solutions and treatments suitable for people. The reason for selecting dogs has been that they often suffer diseases similar to humans from cancer, to diabetes, and arthritis. Dogs also have much shorter life spans than humans with a 1:7-year ratio. That is, for every one year older we get, that same time in dogs is represented as seven years in dogs.
But like so many other things the VA does wrong, they have also been neglect with the ethical and safe treatment of dogs. Over the years, several dogs have died while undergoing experimental treatments.
Dogs as young as one-year-old have endured medically induced heart attacks, surgeries gone wrong, overdoses, and many other negligent medical practices that would result is massive malpractice suits had any of the patients been of the human kind.
The flip side of the debate is that without these much-needed experiments, medical science would not be able to move forward. Many cures and vaccines have been developed and tested on our canine companions that now save our lives. Even armed with this knowledge, how could anyone support medically inducing a heart attack on any living creature?
Thankfully, a bipartisan group of legislators has just introduced a new House Bill called PUPPERS Act of 2017, H.B. 3197, which stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act of 2017.
The Bill aims to can the Veterans Affairs from maintaining, disposing of, and experimenting on any dog as part of a study that might cause significant pain or distress to the dog. A medically induced heart attack seems pretty painful and unnecessary.
It seems impossible that animal lovers the country over will stand for this, no matter what argument the VA can devise this time.