Earlier this month, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) revealed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was funding cruel and wasteful experiments on cats…in Russia. In case you missed the news, WCW discovered that in 2021, over half a million dollars of your money went to the Russian government’s Pavlov Institute of Physiology in St. Petersburg, where it was used to torture cats.
Every single part of that sentence is terrible — and shows that the National Institutes of Health is truly addicted to spending.
After discovering that the NIH was funneling money into Vladimir Putin’s laboratories, we quickly informed the public, the press, and Congress. The story spread quickly.
SCOOP: Congress Moves to Block Taxpayer Funding for Russian Labs — NIH still giving cash for “horrific and barbaric experiments on 18 cats” at Russian labs https://t.co/aMtofP42NN
— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) March 14, 2022
And, as we had hoped, Congress acted swiftly.
Just a week after our initial exposé, Congresswoman Lisa McClain, joined by five colleagues in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to President Biden, asking him to stop these fiendish and wasteful grants and defund all Russian labs. We’ve uncovered that four Russian government animal testing labs are currently eligible to receive NIH funding.
The letter, which you can read in full at the end of this blog, cites WCW’s investigation:
Cosigners of Rep. McClain’s letter include Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Brian Mast (R-FL).
From our blog to the President’s desk in a week. Wow. We call that INSTANT IMPACT!
While it remains to be seen whether President Biden will cancel these grants, there is precedent for him to do so. After all, following another WCW exposé, President Trump canceled the federal grant that shipped your tax money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the likely birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic.
Congresswoman McClain has been leading the charge against the NIH’s Worldwide Waste. Her bill, the AFAR Act — which we are proud to support — would prohibit U.S. taxpayer dollars from funding animal experiments in countries that have been deemed foreign adversaries by the U.S. government, a list that currently includes China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea.
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According to an October 2021 poll by Lincoln Park Strategies, roughly two-thirds of taxpayers supported prohibiting funding animal experiments in ‘adversary’ nations. It sure seems like common sense to us!
If you agree, take action — tell Congress to pass the AFAR Act today!