Dr. Anthony Fauci finds himself criticized for something not pandemic related (for once). He has recently come under fire for his connection to experiments on beagle puppies in North Africa.
The White Coat Waste Project, a taxpayer watchdog organization, released a report based on a Freedom of Information Act request from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases detailing a study in which 44 healthy beagle puppies were infected with parasites known to be contagious to humans to test an experimental medication in Tunisia, North Africa. The money funding this study was traced to Fauci’s division of NIH.
"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 sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive," White Coat Waste said. "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."
According to the White Coat Waste Project, the FDA doesn’t require drugs to be tested on dogs, so the group is asking why the need for such testing.
A bipartisan group, spearheaded by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), is questioning why such “cruel, taxpayer-funded experiments” were approved.
Rep. Mace sent a letter to the National Institute of Health and Dr. Fauci demanding answers on October 21. On October 23, she tweeted, "I sent a letter to Dr. Fauci regarding cruel, taxpayer-funded experiments on puppies; debarking before drugging and killing them.”
The letter was signed by 23 of Mace’s colleagues, and it addressed their “grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs.”
The letter reads, “According to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, and subsequent media coverage, from October 2018 until February 2019, NIAID spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests involving 44 beagle puppies. 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.”
Mace’s letter also highlighted that the funds were used to perform cordectomies, which is the cutting of the dog’s vocal cords to prevent barking and whining.
“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 letter said.
The letter further demands transparency from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on why it’s testing on dogs, how much taxpayer money is going toward testing on dogs, and what happens to the dogs after the studies are completed.
The hashtag #FauciLiedDogsDied is trending on Twitter as a result of the White Coat Waste Project's report and Rep. Mace's letter.