Weâve caused animals a lot of pain in medical experiments. Weâve also lost a lot of dogs in military service. The VA is apparently doing fatal tests of dogs and claims that lives have been saved because of it.
- Should experiments on dogs be allowed?
- Is using military dogs just as bad as experimenting on dogs?
- Should it be allowed but with more regulation on purpose and inflicting pain?
WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pushing forward with invasive and ultimately fatal experiments on dogs as part of the VA’s medical research program, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.
The controversial procedures previously sparked outrage and opposition from some veterans’ advocates and prompted strict restrictions from Congress. The VA says the studies could produce discoveries that may help veterans suffering from spinal cord or breathing problems.
In Milwaukee, the experiments call for researchers to remove sections of dogs’ brains to test neurons that control breathing before the animals are killed by lethal injection, research records show.
In Cleveland, tests involve using electrodes on dogs’ spinal cords to measure cough reflexes before and after severing the cords.
In Richmond, Virginia, experiments include implanting pacemakers in dogs, then inducing abnormal heart rhythms and running the animals on treadmills to test cardiac function before euthanizing them by injection or draining their blood.