Dogs ‘Intentionally Injured, Killed’ During Medical Testing at McGuire Veteran’s Hospital

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8News has learned that the hospital has been conducting controversial medical experiments and testing on dogs.

Induced heart attacks, botched surgeries, and dog deaths are just some of the notes from animal incident reports at McGuire.

White Coat Waste Project, an animal rights group, is sounding the alarm about the animal testing, testing that they call cruel and bad science.

Justin Goodman, Vice President of advocacy and public policy for White Coat Waste Project, said the dogs were healthy before the experiments and testing.

They force heart attacks on them, force them to run on treadmills until they collapse,” Goodman said.

According to a November 2016 report, there were botched surgeries, like when doctors mistakenly sliced into a dog’s lung, killing the dog.

An animal care and use committee reviewing the incident called it “reckless behavior.”

“Some of the experiments have involved sloppy, incompetent surgeries that have killed dogs,” Goodman said.

In a statement, the VA tells 8News the research conducted on dogs is to help veterans suffering from lung infections,diabetes and PTSD. The VA said the “programs comply with the USDA Animal Welfare Act,” and that every program is approved and monitored by a local animal care committee.

Providing the best care and services to the nation’s Veterans is paramount to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA’s research and innovations have resulted in products that are both life-changing and lifesaving. From the implantable cardiac pacemaker to the nicotine patch to electronic health records, the innovations that happen as a result of VA research have far-reaching and lasting impact that doesn’t just touch the lives of Veterans who serve our nation, but all Americans.

VA animal research is strictly controlled and monitored with accountability mechanisms in place that comply with the same regulations and standards that university programs, state, private, military or civilian organizations employ.  As part of that commitment, VA takes seriously any reports of not adhering to standards and will immediately review and correct processes if and when those issues arise.

Still, the animal rights group has fired off a letter to the VA’s inspector general calling for an investigation and it recently got the attention of some members of Congress.

During an oversight committee hearing Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr. of Georgia asked the VA Inspector Michael Missal: “Regarding animal experimentation at the McGuire VA Medical Center, do you intend to conduct that investigation?”

In addition, 13 bipartisan members of Congress, including Virginia Congressman Don Beyer have signed a letter urging the government accountability office to conduct an audit of experiments on animals at the VA and other Federal labs.

8News has confirmed that the Government Accountability Office has accepted that request and will begin an audit in a few weeks.

Currently, there are no Federal databases to search these tests. White Coat Waste Projects said these tests are essentially being conducted in secret.

The group is working with Congress members on legislation called the FACT Act, in an effort bring some transparency to taxpayer funded animal testing.

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Most Farm Animals’ Lives & Deaths are Tragic See How You Can Help

Changing the Lives and Deaths of Farm Animals

Cows in Pasture.

The photo of cows peacefully grazing is an ideal life that only a small population of farm animals are lucky enough to have. It is the exception.

Click on the link if you want to see what is the rule. https://www.google.com/search?q=farm+animal+abuse+facts&biw=1252&bih=602&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJn83zqrLKAhUEaz4KHVL-DbgQ_AUIBigB

The lives of today’s farm animals are tragic and the way they are slaughtered is cruel and inhumane. The worldwide excessive and growing demand has put these innocent animals at the mercy of big business and ever increasing demand pushing production and profit. This situation is not only causing billions of living things, things that have a face and a heart, just as you do, just as your pets do, to suffer everyday of their lives.  If that is not a concern of yours, it is also threatening the environment.

Most farm animals, billions of them,  are raised on factory farms, which means that there are as many of them that “farmers” can possibly fit in a dirt enclosure.  They are fed grain, which may contain hormones, antibiotics and meat byproducts, as opposed to a being in a natural grazing environment. These factory farmed animals are carrying more diseases than grazing animals.  The diseases are harmful and can be deadly to humans. Also, factory farmed animals are  creating more GHGs (greenhouse gases), than animals living in a natural grazing environment.  The aforementioned facts above may not be common knowledge, however, the numbers of meat recalls due to infected meat in recent years, is common knowledge. The amount of recalls will only increase as factory farms do, which provides a glaring indicator of the never ending population growth, which is the bigger problem.

The ASPCA has released an eye opening press release that explains in detail why this is happening and what we, as a society, can do about this growing health, animal welfare and environmental problem.

There are many “so called” certifications that are stamped or written on meat, eggs and dairy products that appeal to buyers such as “range free,” “humane,”” hormone free,” and “all natural,” which mean nothing in terms of animal welfare and are not regulated and certified by any governing body that comprehensibly takes into account animal welfare. However, there are three certifying bodies that do take into account the welfare of farm animals and they are very strict on who receives their certifications. They are listed below along with their links. I encourage you to look further into what these organizations do and how you can help to bring about positive change and put an end end to factory farming.

I have also provided a link to ASPCA’s “Guide to Meat, Eggs and Dairy Labels.” https://www.aspca.org/sites/default/files/frm_wlfr_food_lbl_guide_2015.pdf

In this guide you will be able to see exactly what certain labels mean and not what they imply.

You, as a consumer, have the right to find out exactly what conditions under which farm animals are raised and slaughtered. The ASPCA has provided a letter of disclosure that you can present to management where you purchase meat and dairy products. Here is the link to the page where you can access the letter.

Letter of Disclosure : https://www.aspca.org/sites/default/files/supermarket-request-letter_110915.pdf

Below are the three worldwide governing bodies who have established extensive and meaningful animal welfare certifications with links provided:

HFAC (Humane Farm Animal Care), “Certified Humane.” http://certifiedhumane.org/
[Certified Humane]
How We Work
“The Certified Humane Program created a gold standard for animal welfare.” -USA Today
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label assures consumers:
That the producer meets our standards and applies them to animals from birth through slaughter.
Animals have ample space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress.
Ample fresh water and a healthy diet of quality feed, without added antibiotics or hormones.
Cages, crates and tie stalls are among the forbidden practices, and animals must be free to do what comes naturally. For example, chickens are able to flap their wings and dust bathe, and pigs have the space to move around and root.

Producers must comply with food safety and environmental regulations. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards (AMI), a higher standard for slaughtering farm animals than the federal Humane Slaughter Act.
View HFAC’s Fact Sheets for consumers!

. The Fact Sheets provide information about specific humane issues as they relate to farm animals covered by the Certified Humane® program. The Fact Sheets provide information about specific humane issues as they relate to farm animals covered by the Certified Humane® program.

Meet the Staff, Board of Directors and Scientific Committee

Meet Humane Farm Animal Care, Inc.
Animal Care Standards were created by a highly respected scientific committee.
View the Standards

The standards are upheld through annual inspections conducted by scientists and veterinarians who are experts on the species they are inspecting. These are independent inspections of all farms, ranches and slaughter facilities.
Buy with confidence, the quality of the meat, poultry, egg and dairy products depends, at least in part on the quality of care farm animals receive. Certified Humane Raised and Handled® lets consumers choose products from farmers and ranchers that are providing humane conditions for animals in their care.A label “you can really trust.” – Good Housekeeping

Animal Welfare Approved, (AWA) http://animalwelfareapproved.org/
[Animal Welfare Approved]
About

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is a food label for meat and dairy products that come from farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. The program was founded in 2006 as a market-based solution to the growing consumer demand for meat, eggs and dairy products from animals treated with high welfare and managed with the environment in mind. As a program accredited to ISO guideline 17065, you can trust in the AWA label while making food choices when you can’t visit the farm yourself.
WHAT DO WE DO?

AWA audits, certifies and supports independent family farmers raising their animals according to the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Called a “badge of honor for farmers” and the “gold standard,” AWA has come to be the most highly regarded food label when it comes to animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability.

INTEGRITY
We set Standards or rules that farmers must follow before they can sell their meat, eggs and dairy products using the AWA logo. Our standards have been developed in collaboration with scientists, veterinarians, researchers, and farmers across the globe to maximize practicable, high-welfare farm management.

Global Animal Partnership:http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/

We are a non-profit alliance of producers, retailers, animal advocates and scientists dedicated to improving
farm animal welfare through the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program. We facilitate continuous improvement in farm animal agriculture across the USA, Canada, and Australia through our 5-Step animal welfare standards and third-party certification. Global Animal Partnership is committed to recognizing farmers and ranchers that exceed industry standards and strive to continuously improve animal welfare. We work to empower consumers so they can make informed purchasing decisions.