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Engel Cosponsors PUPPERS Act to Prevent Harmful Medical Tests on Dogs

Engel Cosponsors PUPPERS Act to Prevent Harmful Medical Tests on Dogs

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, issued the following statement on H.R. 1155, the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act of 2019, legislation Engel cosponsored to prohibit the use of painful medical testing on dogs:

“As a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, I am deeply concerned about the welfare of domesticated and wild animals, and I am committed to ensuring that we fulfill our obligations to protect them from pain and suffering. It is our responsibility to ensure these animals are approached with the care and respect they deserve.

“There are horrific reports of dogs’ spines being electrocuted to test coughing reflexes, and dogs suffering through forced heart attacks. These are abhorrent tests on any species, and an absolute waste of taxpayer money. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the PUPPERS Act, which would prevent the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs from conducting this type of horrific testing upon dogs, and I urge my colleagues to adopt this measure as soon as possible.”