The White Coat Waste Project, an organization dedicated to stopping the waste of our tax dollars on needless and useless animal experiments, is suing the Veterans Affairs McGuire Hospital here in Richmond, Virginia. White Coat Waste alleges that the hospital deliberately refused to give information about their heart research experiments, which involve killing up to 118 dogs, when demanded through the filing of a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act request).
In a statement issued June 16th, White Coat Waste’s executive director Julie Germany explained:
“We’re suing the Department of Veterans Affairs because taxpayers have a right to know who’s paying the bills, who’s cashing the checks and who’s responsible for abusing puppies in wasteful heart attack experiments at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”
It is important that all those living in the Richmond area or elsewhere in the state of Virginia make some sort of protest. I have already sent the hospital an e-mail denouncing their plans and pledging never to support them financially or in any other way until they stop these and any other animal experiments. If you wish to do so too, here is all the information you need to know, including the full story as covered by WRIC Channel 8 in Richmond, VA:
WRIC’s Coverage of Story: http://wric.com/2017/06/16/va-slapped-with-lawsuit-over-mcguire-dog-experiments/
If you wish to contact VA in Richmond, their contact information is as follows:
To make a phone call, contact Carmen Quinones, Acting Customer Service Manager at 804-675-5545
Featured image: dog used in heart disease research with technician. Image credit Americans for Medical Progress, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0