Dr. Anthony Fauci is under fire over claims his division of the National Institutes of Health sent a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to lock beagle puppies in cages so sand flies could eat the dogs alive.
The White Coat Waste Project also claims that Fauci-backed researchers spent multiple weeks injecting the dogs with an experimental drug before killing and dissecting them.
The puppies were locked in cages for nine consecutive days and used as bait to attract infectious sand flies that would eat the dogs alive, the report alleges.
- A group of 24 bi-partisan lawmakers are demanding answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci after a nonprofit claims he permitted experimental drug testing on dogs
- The White Coat Waste Project alleges that Fauci sent $375,800 to a Tunisian research lab where beagle puppies were force-fed a new drug
- The report claims they were also locked in cages with sand flies that ate them alive and underwent a de-barking procedure to keep them quiet
- The lawmakers have called the experiments ‘cruel’ and a ‘reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds’
- A total of $1.7m was spent, with that cash also funding research on a total of beagles force-fed drugs before being killed and dissected
- They expect Fauci to answer to the alleged misdeeds by November 19
Did Fauci fund abusive animal experiments?
A few points:
- This is highly political, so we have to be sure the experiment is being accurately described.
- Sometimes beagles and primates are used in medical experimentation because, legally, large animals must be used in tests before humans.
- That doesn’t mean every experiment with animals is necessary or proper. The harm that seeks to be alleviated is part of the equation, but so is the suffering caused to the animals. For example, a recent experiment in which male rats had uteruses transplanted so they could give birth — while surgically connected to female rats — was classic animal cruelty.
- There had to be other ways to test the drug’s ability to combat infection than by letting dogs be bitten repeatedly by insects.
- Note, it was not carried out in the USA but in Tunisia. This could be an example of what my friend William Hurlbut calls “outsourcing ethics” — that is, paying for experiments overseas that would be considered morally wrong here. It is notable that the rat experiment referenced above was conducted in China.
It’s too early to make a final judgment about this. But questions should be asked and answers required if the U.S. funded these tests. Also, whether any U.S. drug companies or universities were involved is a critical question.
U.S. Legislators demand Fauci answer for beagle puppy research funding
Rep. Nancy Mace (R) led the charge, but got support from several colleagues across the aisle … including signatures from Reps. Ted Lieu, Cindy Axne, Steve Cohen, Jimmy Gomez, Josh Gottheimer, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mike Quigley, Terri Sewell and other Dems.
They wanna find out what the NIAID knew as it relates to what they were paying for, and how taxpayer funds could possibly be used this way.
‘Utterly disgusting’: Fauci caught up in ‘cruel’ experiments on puppies
Bipartisan legislators are calling on Dr Anthony Fauci for answers about “cruel” puppy experiments, according to Sky News host Rita Panahi.
The Hill reports answers have been demanded from Dr Fauci over a grant sent from the National Institutes of Health to a lab in Tunisia where it is alleged dozens of beagles were infected with “disease-causing parasites to test an experimental drug on them”.
“This is stuff is sick,” Ms Panahi said.