Sinclair Broadcast Group (WZTV)--President Trump on Friday stated he was "unhappy" about many things in the $1.6 trillion spending bill he signed but one group of animal-lovers is happy he did.
Among the many items included in the 'Omnibus' bill was a section prohibiting the use of canines in experiments by the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA).
The White Coat Waste Project (WCWP) -a 501(c)(3) dedicated to stopping government spending on animal experiments- says section 254 of the bill will defund "most-if not all-of" the VA's "wasteful and painful dog experimentation."
The organization launched a campaign against the VA's testing amid a lawsuit filed against the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. WCWP obtained documents last year showing the facility used puppies in four 'forced heart attack' experiments and other deadly cardiac-related studies.
"In total, the records reveal that 118 puppies as young as 6-months-old at McGuire are slated to undergo invasive surgeries to damage their hearts, sever their nerves and implant devices that allow experimenters to induce heart attacks and other irregularities," the organization stated in May 2017.
Now, organization leaders are applauding the President and lawmakers, calling it a victory for taxpayers. VP of Advocacy and Public Policy Justin Goodman says "We applaud President Trump, as well as Republicans and Democrats in Congress, for their bold action to end wasteful government spending on heart attacks tests on puppies and other cruel and ineffective dog experiments at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is a major victory for taxpayers, our nation’s veterans and man’s best friend."