Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, has come under fire recently for his ties to ethically questionable experimentation on animals.
Now comes evidence of yet another seemingly cruel experiment involving beagle puppies, funded by Fauci’s NIAID — meaning U.S. taxpayers — that will undoubtedly only add to the growing fury regarding the media-heralded scientist’s apparent callousness toward the suffering of animals, Breitbart reported.
This particular experiment involved deliberately infecting beagle puppies with lab-created mutant bacteria, and then subjecting the dogs to tick infestations in order to see if the ticks would pick up and transmit the mutant bacteria — after which all of the puppies involved are euthanized.
Taxpayers paid for it
A science-focused watchdog group known as the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) reported that the newest revelation is now the fifth ethically questionable and scientifically dubious experiment involving beagles funded by Fauci’s NIAID, all of which compiled together has been dubbed #BeagleGate.
According to documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the NIAID has provided upwards of $5.6 million — more than $536,000 in 2019 alone — to a lab at Kansas State University for the ongoing experiment that began in 2008, and is slated to continue until 2024.
All told, documents show that around 28 beagle puppies per year are subjected to experimentation and subsequently killed, with an estimated final toll between 126 and 138 dogs once all is said and done.
The WCW pointed to investigative journalist Leighton Woodhouse as having first uncovered this latest example of Fauci’s NIAID providing funding for cruel and unusual experiments involving the generally docile and eager to please breed of beagle dogs.
In a Substack post, Woodhouse explained how the documents he’d reviewed showed how the beagle subjects were purposely injected with a lab-created mutant variation of the bacteria known as Ehrlichia chaffeensis, which can be spread by ticks.
That bacteria is known for causing “fever, respiratory distress, weight loss, bleeding disorders, neurological disturbances, anemia, bleeding, lameness and eye problems in dogs.” Once the dogs were infected, researchers then had them infested with anywhere from 200-250 ticks each for a week at a time in order to see if the ticks would pick up and further transmit the mutated version of the bacterium.
The dogs were then further subjected to routine blood tests for up to two months before being euthanized, and a new group of six-month-old beagle puppies was brought in to commence a new round of the study.
Woodhouse noted that when pressed about the documentary evidence of this particular experiment, an NIAID spokesperson redirected all questions to the researchers at Kansas State University, but researchers and officials at the school declined to respond to requests for comment.
Further noting how the media and Fauci’s defenders have dismissed prior revelations regarding animal testing, Woodhouse argued that “the evidence is incontrovertible,” and concluded that “They paint a picture of Fauci as, at best, a bureaucrat who is callously indifferent to the suffering of the animals that he and his institute pay millions of taxpayer dollars to subject to pain and misery.”