Federal Court Advances White Coat Waste Lawsuit over Blocked Dog Testing Ads
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White Coat Waste Project
October 2018

October 9, 2018: A federal judge has rejected Richmond Transits attempt to dismiss WCWs lawsuit and allowed the case to proceed.

October 26, 2017 - ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

vivisected Dogs
Photos taken by a whistleblower inside the dog experimentation laboratory at Richmond Veterans Affairs Medical Center

As first reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch and ABC8 News-WRIC, this morning White Coat Waste Project (WCW) filed a lawsuit against the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) the City of Richmonds public transportation systemfor refusing to run WCWs proposed bus advertisements which call out the Richmond VAMC for spending taxpayers money on wasteful and painful dog experiments.

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WCWs proposed bus advertisement rejected by the city-owned Greater Richmond Transit Company

WCWs suit argues that the refusal of the government-owned transit system to run these public education ads is an infringement on WCWs free speech rights.

Matthew Strugar, a Richmond native and civil liberties attorney representing WCW in the lawsuit told the Times-Dispatch:

The policy against so-called political ads allows the government to pick and choose what views people can express.

The Richmond VAMC is one of only three VA facilities conducting painful dog experiments and the only laboratory throughout the entire federal government conducting maximum pain experiments on dogs in which pain relief is intentionally withheld.

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