by Nikki Wentling, Stars and Stripes
Advocates and lawmakers attempting to shut down dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs have a new adversary – a group of disabled veterans concerned that stopping the research would limit future medical advancements.
A measure to stop funding for VA research that causes pain to dogs passed the House floor on July 26 as part of a multi-agency funding bill. It was supported by Republicans and Democrats and drew no opponents on the House floor.
This week, though, Paralyzed Veterans of America, a veterans service organization, spoke out against it.
“We have an investment in research, period,” said PVA Executive Director Sherman Gillums. “There were so many benefits to research that weren’t considered when this bill was put out.”