An animal rights group named White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has filed a complaint against the Department of Veterans Affairs for using canines in experiments in the agency’s laboratories they say are not given adequate public disclosure. According to The Military Times the group alleges that while most of the labs conduct experiments, the most disturbing (they allege) take place at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
The experiments are reported to have used induced heart attacks, invasive brain-damaging surgeries and a variety of stomach ailment simulations which mutilate or kill the dogs. However, the agency responds saying not only are the experiments monitored but they help research for diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of dog ownership. The DVA did not, however, directly address the animal rights group’s claims. Therefore, Congress may conduct an investigation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t the only agency to conduct lab experiments on animals, but the group claims the organization’s documentation is incomplete. This is another example of animal rights groups harassing organizations involved in vivisection. By doing this WCW is really saying they don’t want cures for any of the illnesses the medical tests help scientists understand that leads to better care for people stricken by them. In reality groups like WCW and PETA that oppose medical experiments with animals want to kill humans off since they consider people (other than themselves) a cancer on the Earth.