According to a whistleblower group, the White Coat Waste Project, the NIH has been caught funding "deadly" spinal cord experiments on cats in none other than St. Petersburg, Russia -- most likely because the agency's directors would be arrested and jailed for animal cruelty if they were funding such experimentation in America.
"WCW exclusively released its investigation to Breitbart News before publishing its findings. The investigation happens to coincide with Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, which has upset geopolitical relations and could cause the displacement of millions of Ukrainians," Breitbart News reported in an exclusive over the weekend.
After combing through various government databases and websites, the WCWP discovered that NIH is funding an experiment known as “Rostrocaudal Distribution of the C-Fos-Immunopositive Spinal Network Defined by Muscle Activity during Locomotion.” The group says that it involved 18 healthy cats that had a portion of their brains removed while electrodes were implanted in their spinal cords before they were forced to walk on a treadmill during spinal cord experiments.
“Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay white coats in the Russian government to torture and kill cats in wasteful treadmill experiments,” Vice President of WCW Mackie Burr said in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News.
The outlet notes:
The experiments were performed at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, which is one of four state-run labs in Russia that the NIH has given approval to receive taxpayer dollars, specifically for animal testing. The specific NIH grant, NS100928, was awarded to the Georgia Institute of Technology, which then sub-awarded the funds to the Pavlov Institute, WCW reported.
Government data shows that the grant has received $2,724,022 since 2017. In November 2021, $549,331 of the NIH grant was sent to the Pavlov Institute, and another $221,135 was sent in 2018. The grant is set to expire on May 31, 2022.
“As White Coat Waste Project exposed, there are four Kremlin-run animal testing labs that NIH has authorized to receive our money and U.S. sanctions against Russia should include defunding them,” Burr continued.
The group previously exposed how NIH funds cruel animal experiments in more than 50 countries including China and Russia. Some of them involve one of the most trusting dog breeds on the planet -- beagles.
After the discovery, White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci was pressed by lawmakers, mostly Republicans, in October to explain why he signed off on a grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance “cruel” experiments involving drugged beagle puppies.
"According to the White Coat Waste Project, 44 beagle pups were utilized for experimentation in a Tunisia lab. Some of the dogs had vocal cords removed, reportedly so scientists could conduct their work without having to listen to constant barking," BizPac Review reported at the time.
“Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sandflies so that the insects could eat them alive,” officials with the WCWP told The Hill. “They also locked beagles alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights to use them as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who led the lawmaker's letter to the NIH, wrote that the procedures are “cruel” as well as a “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”
“We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,” the letter said.
“The dogs were all between six and eight months old. The commissioned tests involved injecting and force-feeding the puppies an experimental drug for several weeks, before killing and dissecting them,” the letter continued.
“Of particular concern is the fact that the invoice to NIAID included a line item for ‘cordectomy.’ As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as ‘devocalization,’ involves slitting a dog’s vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying,” the letter notes further.
“This cruel procedure – which is opposed with rare exceptions by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and others – seems to have been performed so that experimenters would not have to listen to the pained cries of the beagle puppies. This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds,” the legislators added.
The NIH should be shut down, period, as a horrendous abuser of taxpayer largess.