Va. Gov. approves bill banning tax dollars for painful medical research on dogs and cats


Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law that will prohibit Virginia from using state money for painful medical testing on dogs and cats.

This bill was prompted by an 8News investigation into deadly dog experiments at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond. 

Senators Bill Stanley and Glen Sturtevant introduced Senate Bill 28 after 8News exposed the Commonwealth had been partly funding effort.

In these experiments, the dogs are surgically implanted with pacemakers and made to run on treadmills until some have a heart attack. All of the dogs are eventually euthanized.

The bill passed the House and Senate unanimously. 

Click here to read 8News’ previous coverage on animal experiments at the VA hospital.

The governor approved the legislation on April 4. It will go into effect July 1.

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