Dr. Anthony Fauci, as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), came under fire in recent months after cruel and unusual experiments on beagles funded by Fauci’s organization were publicly exposed.
Now comes word that a massive breeding facility in Virginia that supplies beagle puppies for such experimentation was busted for multiple violations of federal animal welfare laws, The Washington Post reported.
Surprise inspections by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials were conducted over the summer at a large facility in Cumberland, Virginia, that is owned and operated by Envigo, a company based in Indiana that breeds and sells dogs to pharmaceutical companies and research facilities for use as subjects in various experiments.
Those inspectors found that hundreds of puppies had died from “unknown causes” and that cages and food dispensers in the overcrowded facility were not kept clean, among other things.
They also discovered that the animals were distressed in the loud and non-climate controlled building that was filthy and infested with bugs, resulting in all sorts of health issues for the dogs.
Incredibly, a spokesperson for Envigo insisted to the Post that animal welfare was a “core concern” of the company and seemingly attempted to justify the whole thing by citing the “lifesaving” benefits derived from animal experimentation of drugs and medical products.
PETA steps in
What the Post reported of the USDA inspections at that Envigo facility in Virginia, however, paled in comparison to the horrifying discoveries at that same facility by undercover investigators working on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In addition to the mistreatment found by the government inspectors, the PETA inspectors learned that puppies were dying almost daily and in a myriad of disturbing ways, and that their dead bodies were sometimes left for days in the same cage with their mothers and littermates.
Even worse than that was the discovery that regular employees and volunteers — none of whom were trained at any level in veterinary medicine — were euthanizing or performing surgeries on the sick and dying dogs without any anesthesia. Furthermore, all of this was chalked up by workers as nothing more than “standard operating procedure” for the breeding facility.
Ties to Fauci’s NIAID
All of this ties back to the exposure in the fall of Dr. Fauci’s NIAID funding of cruel and unusual experimentation on beagles, according to the New York Post in October, that had been uncovered by a watchdog group known as the White Coat Waste Project.
Those taxpayer-funded experiments, conducted at research facilities around the globe, were deemed to be unnecessarily painful for the subjects, and a waste of money for limited and questionable gains.
Now we see that these poor beagle puppies are experiencing abject misery and all sorts of horrors from the time they are born until they die, all thanks to the funding that Fauci’s NIAID doles out for “outdated” modes of research that should be outlawed.