US Government Agency Sent $500,000 in Taxpayer Funds to Russian Animal Testing Lab

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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) once again found itself embroiled in controversy. A new expose has revealed that the government agency funneled taxpayers’ money into experiments on cats in Russia.

White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a taxpayer watchdog group, found that the NIH sent $549,331 to Putin’s Pavlov Institute of Physiology for testing. It is one of four state-run Russian labs that is eligible to receive taxpayer funds from the NIH for animal testing.

The more than half a million dollars — sent via a grant through the Georgia Institute of Technology in November — was spent on tests that WCW calls “monstrous” and “macabre.”

A experience saw 18 healthy cats undergo decerebration, in which cerebral brain function is interrupted by cutting the brainstem (or severing specific arteries) or removing the entire brain (most of the brain).

The state-run Pavlov Institute of Physiology received funding for the experiments. Credit: Adobe Stock

The researchers then implanted electrodes into the animals’ spines and forced them to walk on treadmills.

And this is not a new concept. The NIH sent funds to the same lab in Russia for experiments on cats in 2018 — $221,135 to be exact.

Similar experiments on kittens also took place at the Louisville VA Medical Center in the United States, WCW discovered.

Threatening national security

Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) expressed her disapproval of the findings. In a statement sent to Plant Based Newsshe said: “Our tax money should never be sent to state-run labs in adversarial countries like Russia and China that threaten our national security.

“My AFAR law would prohibit taxpayers’ money from being funneled to animal testing labs in any country deemed to be foreign adversaries,” she added, referring to the Alien Animal Research Liability Act (AFAR).

WCW Vice President Mackie Burr shared similar thoughts.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay white coats to the Russian government to torture and kill cats in pointless treadmill experiments,” Burr commented. “As the White Coat Waste Project revealed, there are four Kremlin-run animal testing labs that the NIH has authorized to receive our money and US sanctions against Russia should include their funding.”

NIH and animal experimentation

The NIH has been repeatedly criticized for its controversial tests on various species. Credit: Adobe Stock

This is certainly not the first instance of the NIH using taxpayer dollars to support such testing. In February, it was reported that more than $2.3 million had been used to fund drug tests on six-month-old beagles.

During the year-long experiment, the puppies underwent invasive procedures and were repeatedly injected with cocaine.

A separate but equally disturbing project, reported in October, involved “skinning” puppies and force-feeding them experimental drugs. Forty-four beagles were used, until they were finally killed and dissected. The NIH has advanced $1.68 million in public funds for the tests.

Also, in November, it was discovered that the NIH had bred thousands of monkeys on a remote island for experiments. Primates have been used for various invasive and usually fatal procedures. Some were intentionally infected with tuberculosis or the Ebola virus. Others have been infected with the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus.

Since March 2018, the NIH has funneled $13.5 million toward such tests on monkeys, according to WCW.

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