UPDATE (4/28/20): The Trump Administration has officially cut funding for animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and requested that over $300,000 0f remaining 2020 taxpayer funds be returned.
UPDATE (4/17/20): A week after WCW’s exposé, President Trump publicly committed to ending funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab.
Original post (4/13/20)
As if forcing taxpayers to fund China’s “wet markets” wasn’t bad enough, we’ve now exposed that the federal government has been sending your money to a controversial bio-agent lab in Wuhan, China, that used it to conduct dangerous coronavirus experiments on animals.
For years, the US government has been funding cruel animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which may have contributed to the global spread of COVID-19, and research at other labs in China with virtually no US oversight.
There is zero doubt that the Chinese communist government has American blood on its hands. The NIH must immediately stop deploying American tax dollars to China for this dangerous research. https://t.co/skkRQ6DpBa
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) April 16, 2020
You Are Paying for Animal Abuse in Wuhan, China
We just exposed how the National Institutes for Health (NIH) has spent millions of tax dollars funding dangerous coronavirus animal tests at the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology, where there’s no real accountability or transparency to the American public. What’s worse: the WIV is still authorized to receive even more of your money.
REVEALED: U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak scrutiny https://t.co/AuJ3AcNeOi
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 13, 2020
Our analysis of government spending databases and other sources revealed recent taxpayer-funded animal tests at the WIV including coronavirus-infected bats being captured in caves and experimented on, coronavirus being grown in labs and injected into piglets, and animals having holes drilled into their heads and being electroshocked. A US-based non-profit called EcoHealth Alliance funneled the NIH funding to the Wuhan animal lab’s coronavirus experiments.
EXCLUSIVE: Wuhan lab test injected brains of live mice with viruses and gave them electric shocks in ‘fear experiment’ https://t.co/5Z2kKZoxFJ
— The US Sun (@TheSunUS) April 15, 2020
A shocking Washington Post report that followed our exposé indicates that U.S. State Department officials sounded the alarm in 2018 about the potential for a pandemic specifically related to these kinds of dangerous coronavirus experiments at WIV.
Making this already unacceptable situation worse, animals infected with viruses or otherwise sickened and abused in Chinese labs reportedly may be sold to wet markets for consumption once experiments are done.
Tell the Government to Stop Using Your Tax Dollars in This Wasteful, Dangerous Way
We are continuing to investigate the gory details, and we will share them with you as they emerge.
Taxpayers should never be forced to bankroll dangerous animal abuse in foreign countries and we’ll continue to work with Congress to put an end to this egregious misuse of Americans’ tax dollars.