Bipartisan Bill Will Stop Gov’t From Spending Your $ At China’s Wet Markets

Posted by Arin Greenwood
22 April 2020 | Blog

You asked, they listened! As first reported by The Washington Times, NBC News and others, Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) will be introducing a bill to prevent the U.S. government from wasting any more of your tax dollars at China’s disease-ridden wet markets that are linked to outbreaks like SARS.

This good and unfortunately necessary bi-pawtisan (sorry) legislation comes in response to White Coat Waste Project’s investigation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) kitten slaughterhouse. We exposed how for years federal employees went on taxpayer-funded shopping sprees at Chinese wet markets to buy cats and puppies. They then had them slaughtered, and brought their body parts back to the United States—in carry-on luggage—to feed to kittens in bizarre and wasteful multi-million-dollar experiments.

Read here about how we got this sick waste of taxpayer dollars shut down last year.

This kind of reckless taxpayer-funded research involving disgusting wet markets—which are even known to sell experimental lab animals for consumption—puts animal, human, and global health in grave danger and has to be prevented in the future. This bill will ensure that no government bureaucrat spends another red cent at these, as Sen. Ernst—-a 2019 WCW Waste Warrior awardee–calls them, “supermarkets of sickness.”

On the same day this bill was announced—April 22nd; the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called for China (and other countries) to shut down wet markets, because of the severe risk they pose to human health.

The government never should have spent taxpayer dollars at China’s wet markets, and this bill–which we’re dubbing Deliliah’s Law after one of the cats who survived the USDA’s kitten cannibalism experiments–will make sure it never does again.

We just shut down funding for wasteful and dangerous animal tests at Wuhan’s virus lab. Now, let’s make sure the U.S. government isn’t using YOUR tax dollars to keep China’s wet markets in business.

Please lend your voice and sign for our petition to make sure NO taxpayer dollars to go to China’s wet markets.

Blog Comments

Stop this cruelty

Stop this barbaric custom.

It is bad enough we don’t know about all the things that go on in “labs” but to use our hard earned money to fund such gruesome and unnecessary experiments is F–ked up.

It should be Federal policy that dogs and cats are not food and no taxpayer dollars should be spent on any research that might further their use as food.

Proposed legislation regarding wet markets should include not only China but also Vietnam, Korea, etc. where dog and cat parts are offered for sale.

Federal law should ban importation, storage, or sale of dog and cat parts where such parts are to be fed to any other animal or otherwise studied to determine edibility or safety as food.

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