UPDATE (4/17/20): A month after WCW’s exposé, President Trump publicly committed to ending taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Original post (3/24/20)
The deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) is quickly spreading throughout the nation and ravaging public health and the global economy. By now, you’ve likely read that the disease has been traced to a so-called “wet market” in Wuhan, China where live animals–domestic and wild–are slaughtered and sold for consumption. But did you know that American tax dollars have been unwittingly funding China’s wet markets and animal testing labs for years? White Coat Waste Project has the receipts.
USDA spent tax dollars at China’s “wet markets”
Last year, WCW exposed that for years–and as recently as 2014–U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) bureaucrats used our tax dollars to secretively fly to China, purchase dogs and cats from disease-ridden “wet markets,” fly back the animals’ organs on their carry-on luggage, and then force-feed the dog and cat flesh to kittens in cannibalism tests at a federal laboratory in Maryland. WCW’s campaign shut down the wasteful decades-old, $22 million study last year, but if it wasn’t for this victory, USDA experimenters could potentially have brought back COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses to America.
Tax dollars funding animal testing in China
WCW recently exposed that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been sending tens of millions of tax dollars specifically for animal testing to foreign countries each year. The NIH has authorized 24 labs in China to spend your tax dollars on animal experiments, and has been funding animal tests at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Reports also indicate that experimental animals from labs like this in China are sometimes sold to wet markets for consumption.
If you’ve already washed your hands and kept a responsible social distance, here’s one more thing you can do: tell Congress to stop sending your tax dollars to wet markets and animal labs in China!