Congress Advances WCW-Backed Bills to Defund Foreign Animal Labs, Gain-of-Function & EcoHealth Alliance

Posted by Amanda Nieves
17 July 2024 | Blog

 

  • Following White Coat Waste Project (WCW) investigations and lobbying, Congress is renewing its push to defund gain-of-function animal experiments, disgraced Wuhan lab funder EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), and animal labs in China, Russia, and other adversarial nations.
  • In early 2020, WCW was the first group to uncover how EHA shipped taxpayer dollars from Fauci to the Wuhan animal lab for gain-of-function experiments that likely infected Patient Zero and caused COVID.
  • WCW has exposed how EHA and dozens of animal labs in China continue to rake in tax dollars for dangerous and cruel animal experiments.
  • Since 2020, WCW been leading efforts with Congress to defund EHA, gain-of-function, and foreign enemies’ animal labs.

Congress has just begun to debate legislation to fund federal agencies for 2025. As in previous years, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) has been working hard on Capitol Hill to ensure these bills prioritize cutting wasteful government spending on animal tests.

The first 2025 spending bill passed by Congress renewed WCW-backed legislation to cut Department of Veterans Affairs funding for experiments on cats, dogs, and primates and directs the VA to “eliminate” all experiments on these animals by March 2026.

Now, the House is starting to advance spending legislation for other federal agencies and they include key language requested by WCW to defund wasteful and dangerous animal tests at home and abroad.

WCW Tackles NIH Wasteful Spending

The House bill to fund the National Institutes of Health in 2025 includes WCW-backed language cutting all funding for the disgraced EcoHealth Alliance, dangerous gain-of-function experiments, and the Wuhan animal lab and all other unaccountable animal labs in China, Russia, and other hostile nations (similar to the AFAR Act).

It’s especially important to cut this wasteful spending because, as WCW first exposed, Fauci and the NIH funded EcoHealth’s reckless gain-of-function experiments on humanized mice in Wuhan that probably infected Patient Zero and prompted the pandemic. Yet, despite this, we’ve uncovered that since March 2020 NIH handed over $18 million more of your cash to EHA and funded dozens of animal labs in China.

This bill would stop wasteful NIH spending for all of this reckless animal testing at home and abroad.

WCW Attacks Ag Department Waste

WCW investigations have exposed how the U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently funding dangerous bird flu gain-of-function experiments in collaboration with white coats linked to the Wuhan lab and that it funded deadly experiments on foxes at a Kremlin-run “experimental fur farm.”

Now, the USDA’s 2025 spending bill includes WCW-backed language demanding a report from the agency detailing its funding of labs in China and Russia over the past five years, including a list of all projects and their cost to taxpayers.  We have a right to know what we’re being forced to fund in foreign adversaries’ animal labs!

WCW is Slashing State Department Waste

The House bill to fund the State Department in 2o25 includes WCW-backed language cutting all funding for the disgraced EcoHealth Alliance, dangerous gain-of-function experiments, and the Wuhan animal lab and all other unaccountable animal labs in China, Russia, and other hostile nations (similar to the AFAR Act). The bill also requests a State Department report on the origins of COVID.

It’s especially important to cut this wasteful spending because, as WCW first exposed, the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded EcoHealth’s reckless gain-of-function experiments on humanized mice in Wuhan that probably infected Patient Zero and prompted the pandemic. Yet, despite this, since March 2020 USAID handed over $18 million more of your cash to EHA.

Fortunately, EHA was recently suspended from receiving tax dollars and referred for years-long blacklisting by the Biden Administration.

But we’ve uncovered that dozens of animal labs in China are still raking in U.S. tax dollars and this legislation will ensure that the State Department spend any of our money on treacherous gain-of-function experiments anywhere or ship any funding to EHA, the Wuhan lab or any other lab in China, Russia or other adversarial nations.

WCW-Backed Defund Bills

WCW’s War on Pentagon Waste

Even though WCW and Congress have documented how EcoHealth Alliance repeatedly violated federal spending transparency law, has been busted for breaking NIH grant rules in Wuhan and misusing taxpayer dollars, has lied to Congress, and likely caused COVID with its animal experiments in Wuhan, the Department of Defense forked over $28 million to EHA, primarily from its “Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction” account.

WCW exposed how some of this DOD money is being wasted by EHA on bat virus experiments in the US. EHA is also planning to build a new bat lab and breeding colony at Colorado State University and import hundreds of bats from Asia for “experimental infection studies” with deadly and incurable viruses.

The House’s 2025 DOD spending bill will put a stop to this reckless spending at home and abroad.

WCW-Backed Defund Bills

We’re proud of this progress and grateful to Reps. Lisa McClain (R-MI), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and others for leading the charge to defund these wasteful programs that abuse animals and place public health in peril.

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