From the UK’s junkie monkeys and Chile’s drunk mice to the Wuhan animal lab and Putin’s cat lab, White Coat Waste Project’s (WCW) Worldwide Waste campaign has exposed billions of tax dollars being shipped overseas and how illegal loopholes are still allowing this scary spending with no oversight or transparency.
In many cases—like in Wuhan and Russia—taxpayer dollars are secretively laundered to foreign animal testing labs through pass-through entities like U.S. universities or groups like the notorious EcoHealth Alliance.
Now, building on the work of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and our friends at Open The Books, WCW has uncovered millions more being indirectly sent by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other agencies to Russian and Chinese animal labs under the radar in recent years.
NIH sent more than $770,000 to a state-run lab in Russia to put cats on treadmills.
That project – like the bat studies in Wuhan – was canceled after the studies were
exposed by the White Coat Waste Project.
~ Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Open the Books, Published by USA Today
From 2018-2020, the University of Illinois shipped $123,552 of a $1.6 million NIH grant and undisclosed funding from the USDA to the Kremlin-linked Institute of Cytology and Genetics (that WCW just defunded!) to study the social behavior of silver foxes on an experimental fur farm. The foxes were killed and had their brains dissected.
The University of California-Irvine shipped $216,000 of a $4.3 million NIH grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for experiments in which mice, rats, and tree shrews had holes drilled into their skulls and herpes viruses injected into their brains.
As recently as February 2023, the University of Southern California funneled $576,453 of a $1.9 million NIH grant to Peking University for experiments in which mice had holes drilled into their skulls and viruses injected into their brains before being killed and dissected.
As recently as 2021, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Seattle-based Allen Institute sent $993,000 of a $64.7 million NIH grant to Wuhan, China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology to cut out baby mice’s brains and slice them up for analysis.
The University of Illinois shipped $149,832 of a $1.7 million NIH grant to the CCP-linked Institute Pasteur of Shanghai to infect mice with tuberculosis and kill and dissect them.
Eastern Virginia Medical School shipped $42,452 of a $35.5 million USAID grant to the Qichun County Zhangliang Digging Machine Business Department to test an experimental hepatitis and HIV drug on primates.
The University of South Florida shipped $812,906 of a $28.9 million NIH grant to China Medical University, Kunming Medical University, and Beijing’s Zhongyu Bioengineering Co. to create mutant malaria strains and inject them into mice and feed the mice to “starved” mosquitoes.
Emory University shipped $515,418 of a $38.6 million HHS contract to the CCP-linked Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, which houses one of China’s dangerous high-containment bioagent labs (BSL-4). In experiments, dangerous avian flu viruses were collected from China’s filthy wet markets and forced up the noses of mice and guinea pigs in deadly experiments.
The taxpayer money was also used to supercharge flu viruses to make them more contagious and inject them into guinea pigs and other animals.
Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for wasteful, dangerous, and cruel animal experiments in adversarial foreign nations where there’s no oversight or accountability! We’re working with Congress to re-introduce the AFAR Act and defund foreign enemies’ animal labs once and for all.