As reported by the DailyMail, millions of US taxpayer dollars are being sent to shady laboratories in China to fund cruel and dangerous experiments on animals.
Records show more than $15 million in government grants has funded animal experiments in foreign labs from 2013 to this year, despite concerns that dubious Chinese research may have started the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of the US-sponsored research involved gathering dangerous avian flu viruses from China’s wet markets and infecting chickens, ducks, and guinea pigs to ‘supercharge’ the viruses and make them more transmissible.
The research is not illegal, but in China they do not have strong, ethical or safety protocols that US labs are subject to. Additionally, watchdogs have found that grant money sent to Chinese lab and it’s not subject to much oversight.
From fiscal years 2021 to 2023, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America’s primary agency for medical and public health research and response, awarded 15 grants totaling $3.6 million to institutions in China that perform experiments on animals,” the report said.
The NIH also granted $12.5 million in about 92 sub-awards to institutions in China.
A sub-award allows another organization to perform some activities for the NIH grant under the NIH’s supervision,” the Daily Mail reported. “For example, in some instances, the NIH awarded a grant to an educational institute, which then sent money to Chinese entities performing animal experiments with no oversight.”