Secret American Experiments Tied To Chinese Animal Markets

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The United States has been one of the worst-hit countries in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. After the source of the virus was traced to the wet markets of Wuhan (China), the voices calling for a worldwide ban have grown louder. But do you know that secret experiments conducted by America are directly tied to Chinese animal markets? American tax dollars were used to fund these live-meat markets and animal testing labs at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – yes, the same place from where Coronavirus is believed to have spread out.

Secret American Experiments Tied To Chinese Animal Markets
Secret American Experiments Tied To Chinese Animal Markets

White Coat Waste Project Report

As per the report by the taxpayer watchdog White Coat Waste Project (WCW), the Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials – for decades  – have traveled secretly to China as part of their animal-testing projects. They bought animal meat from disease-ridden wet markets and flew back to force-feed the infected flesh to lab animals, especially kittens.

The US taxpayers’ money was also used to fund wet markets and animal testing labs in Wuhan, most notably at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – the same place from where coronavirus is believed to have spread out.

Kitten Cannibalism

One of the shocking revelations has been the USDA-authorized ‘kitten cannibalism’ experiments, in which lab-bred kittens were fed infected cat meat to study a parasite that causes the food-borne illness toxoplasmosis. For this, every year hundreds of cats were killed and their meat was bought by the USDA from Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

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Since the start of this project in 1982, USDA has spent approximately $22 million in total killing almost 3,000 cats. During these Agricultural Research Studies (ARS) studies, $650,000 worth of tax dollars have been spent annually from 2003 to 2015 to carry out these horrific experiments.

White Coat Waste Project Kitten Cannibalism Report
White Coat Waste Project Kitten Cannibalism Report

Some of the shocking animal experiments at USDA included:

  • 34 cats were purchased at a meat market in China, killed, and their tongues, brains, and hearts were fed to cats at the USDA
  • 42 cats were purchased at markets and farms in China, killed, and their hearts and tongues were fed to mice at the USDA
  • 42 dogs destined for meat markets in Vietnam were purchased, killed and their hearts, brains, and tongues were fed to cats at the USDA
  • 120 unclaimed shelter dogs in Brazil were killed and their tongues, brains, and hearts were fed to cats at the USDA

USDA claimed that cats obtained from China for experiments were killed humanly according to China’s law of slaughtering of food animals. This is misleading as there are no national laws in China that protect animals slaughtered for food.

Jim Keen – a former USDA scientist and whistleblower, who co-authored the Kitten Cannibalism report with WCW – believes these experiments are unrelated to food safety mission of USDA.

“It’s crazy. Cannibal cats, cats eating dogs — I don’t see the logic.” he told NBC News. “It’s totally unrelated to the food safety mission. We shouldn’t be paying for that as taxpayers.”

USDA Kitten Cannibalism
feline purchased by the USDA facility in Maryland stands on a table in this undated photo obtained by a FOIA request. Felines, like the one shown, are used to breed kittens for taxoplasmosis experiments. WCW

What’s surprising is that USDA purchased the cats and dogs from the same wet markets which US Congress condemned in a House Resolution in 2018. WCW believes that the funding for cat experiments are nothing but a waste of time and money since toxoplasmosis research is irrelevant to public health. It is also not in line with the USDA’s mission.

KITTEN Act

The disturbing experiments were shut down in 2019 when the White Coat Waste Project released the report accusing the government agency of wasting tax dollars on a useless project that has no benefit to public health.

The public outrage and backlash from lawmakers that followed led to the passing of the KITTEN Act in 2019, which banned the cat experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Moreover, the 14 remaining cats at USDA laboratory in Maryland were put up for adoption. The Act received overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats.

Had WCW’s relentless campaign for KITTEN Act not succeeded, the USDA officials would have brought coronavirus and other dangerous viruses onto American soil putting millions of lives at risk.

US funded Animal labs in China

Secret American Experiments tied to Chinese Wet Markets
Secret American Experiments tied to Chinese Wet Markets

Another WCW report revealed that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been sending tens of millions of American tax dollars to foreign countries for animal testing. In addition to that, NIH is funding 24 animal-testing labs in China including labs at Wuhan Institute of Virology – where it is believed coronavirus was weaponized. What’s more alarming is that after the experiments are over, the animals from the laboratories are sold back to the Chinese wet markets for consumption.

Italians exposed Chinese Biological Experiments

As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, these Chinese experiments were exposed by the Italians in 2015. Five years ago, Italian state owned media Company, Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana, exposed dark efforts by China on viruses. The video, which was broadcast in November, 2015, showed how Chinese scientists were doing biological experiments on a SARS connected virus believed to be Coronavirus, derived from bats and mice, asking whether it was worth the risk in order to be able to modify the virus for compatibility with human organisms.

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