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‘This Should Be Common Sense’: Lawmakers Call for End to Russian Cat Experiments.

American Tax Dollars are Funding Animal Experiments Even as Sanctions Ratchet Up.

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According to the Washington Times, despite the Biden Administration’s crackdown on Russia’s economy in response to Putin’s unprovoked, all-out war on Ukraine, American tax dollars are still funding research labs that are conducting awful experiments on innocent felines.

“Our tax dollars should never be going to our foreign adversaries, especially as the U.S. puts crippling sanctions on the Kremlin,” said Rep. Lisa C. McClain (R-MI). “This should be a bipartisan, common-sense position,” McClain and colleagues wrote in a letter to the White House. “As such, [the administration] must take swift and decisive action to block any further U.S. tax dollars from going to Russian research labs.”

“The White Coat Waste Project, an animal rights group, revealed in a study that the NIH provided a grant totaling more than $549,000 to Russia’s state-run Pavlov Institute of Physiology in November. The money, in part, went to fund spinal cord research on unwitting cats,” the Times reports.

Warning, this next part gets gruesome…

“Specifically, the cats had a portion of their brains removed, while electrodes were implanted in their spines. The animals were then forced to walk on treadmills for hours on end while scientists ascertained the impact on their spinal cords,” the Times reports.

“The torture these poor animals are being forced to go through is absolutely inhumane and unnecessary,” said Mrs. McClain. “It’s common sense to stop funding this inhumane research.”

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay white coats in the Russian government to torture and kill cats in wasteful treadmill experiments,” said Mackie Burr, vice president of the White Coat Waste Project. “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.”

The NIH is no stranger to animal experimentation, both home and away. About $42 billion in taxpayer cash goes to the NIH annually —47% of which is used for experiments on dogs, rats, monkeys, mice and other animals (like cats).

If we’re going to stop buying their oil, how about we stop paying them to torture animals. Like Rep. McClain says, this should be common sense.