NAVS legal intern Nirupa Kartha (pictured) had her hands full at the start of the year, as she sorted and prepared thousands of petitions from NAVS supporters for mailing to Capitol Hill.
As of February 14, NAVS had collected more than 2,300 signed petitions in support of the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from conducting medical research that causes significant pain or distress to dogs.
The PUPPERS Act was introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) in July of 2017 and has received wide bipartisan support in the House, with 64 co-sponsors as of February 14.
NAVS’ petitions, which were signed by animal advocates in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., urge U.S. Senators to introduce and support a Senate version of this important humane legislation. The petitions were sent to Capitol Hill in February. More than 1,000 petitions were also submitted online directly to Senators by NAVS supporters.
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