A bipartisan group of legislators wants to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from supplying taxpayer funds to Russia so that it can carry out “abusive experiments” on animals. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) and a bipartisan group of 28 legislators are pushing their associates on the House committee responsible for assigning these funds to stop NIH from funding animal research studies at Russian laboratories. Experiments at these laboratories, the state, are not just barbaric but are increasing the wealth of Moscow as it funds an unprovoked war in Ukraine.
“Russian laboratories should not be receiving U.S. taxpayer dollars—nor be eligible to receive taxpayer dollars—while the country is despicably trying to overthrow, by military force, the government of our sovereign democratic ally, Ukraine,” the lawmakers wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.
The United States, through the NIH, offers taxpayer dollars to a minimum of 4 Russian laboratories taking part in animal research studies, including what legislators refer to as “horrific and barbaric experiments” on felines and other animals. In November 2021, NIH granted $549,331 to a Russian laboratory understood to abuse felines, carrying out grisly experiments such as surgically eliminating parts of felines’ brains and after that requiring them to walk on treadmills.
The letter comes as NIH financing has actually gotten increased examination over its ties to China and funding for experiments because nation prior to the break out of the coronavirus pandemic. A minimum of 31 laboratories in Russia and China get U.S. taxpayer cash for animal experiments. These financing channels are now under congressional analysis as legislators attempt to obstruct the federal government from partnering with adversarial programs.
NIH allows 4 Kremlin-run laboratories to get taxpayer funds for animal research studies, consisting of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology; the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences; the Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences-Saint Petersburg; and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
McClain and her colleagues want language written into the upcoming budget proposal that would bar all U.S. funds from reaching Russian labs that perform research on animals. That language would read: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to conduct or support, through grants, subgrants, contracts, cooperative agreements or other funding vehicles, research that involves testing on vertebrate animals that will be conducted in Russia.”
Experiments at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology in St. Petersburg were uncovered previously this year by the White Coat Waste Project, a guard dog group that tracks federal government costs.
“In one ghoulish experiment, 18 healthy cats were ‘decerebrated,’ then forced to walk on a treadmill,” White Coat Waste disclosed. “‘Decerebration’ is a procedure in which experimenters cut off a cat’s brain function while they are still alive. The cats are knocked out and their brain stems are severed, and sometimes, pieces of their brain are even removed. The ‘zombie’ cats then have electrodes implanted into their spines and are forced to walk on treadmills.”
If it offers Moscow cash to carry out animal experiments, McClain informed the Free Beacon that the United States can not completely isolate Russia in reaction to the war in Ukraine.
“American taxpayer dollars should never be going to our adversaries, especially to Russia, as the United States imposes crippling sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine,” McClain said. “It’s common sense that we stop funding research in Russia. The United States is and always has been a center of science and innovation. We should be funding research in America, not unethical labs in Russia.”
Justin Goodman, senior vice president of the White Coat Waste Project, praised the relocation, stating in a declaration that “a majority of Americans agree that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay Kremlin-run laboratories to torture and kill cats in wasteful experiments.”