A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by White Coat Waste Project (WCWP), an anti-animal experimentation group, has revealed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under Dr. Anthony Fauci, spent more than $424,000 in taxpayer dollars in 2020 on cruel and “deadly” experiments on beagles that ended with the euthanization of dozens of dogs.
The infectious disease division of the NIH, directly led by Fauci, “commission[ed] a study in which healthy beagles are given an experimental drug and then intentionally infested with flies that carry a disease-causing parasite that affects humans,” WCWP reported.
According to records the group received, some of the animals were “vocalizing in pain” during the experiments. Furthermore, all of the animals were scheduled to be euthanized at the end of the experiment, which would have been June 2021.
WCWP maintains that there was no reason to perform the experiments on the dogs in the first place since the drug had already been extensively tested on mice and monkeys.
“Fauci’s budget has ballooned to over $6 billion in taxpayer funding annually, at least half of which is being wasted on more questionable animal experimentation like these deadly and unnecessary beagle tests and other maximum pain experiments,” WCWP vice president of advocacy and public policy Justin Goodman told the Daily Caller.
Many animal lovers question why domesticated animals, like dogs, would be used for experimentation at all in the 21st century, let alone painful, cruel experiments such as those conducted under Fauci’s watch.
Certainly, it’s not a good look for Fauci to be branded as a dog torturer and killer, although he will surely claim ignorance if he is eventually made to answer questions about the experiments.
“Fauci needs to be held accountable for this staggering waste and abuse overseas and right here at home. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay,” Goodman said about the situation.
Fauci and the lab leak
Fauci and the NIH have faced increased scrutiny over the funding of experiments at the China-based Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the likely source of the COVID-19 virus, according to a GOP report.
If the virus did escape from a Wuhan lab, it is likely that it was a genetically modified virus as part of what is labeled “gain-of-function” research, which, in part, makes animal viruses more transmissible to humans.
Many have questioned why such research is even necessary, especially considering risks, such as a deadly, global outbreak of a pandemic-level virus.
Fauci has been extensively criticized by the right for his ties to the Wuhan lab and to China. Prominent Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have called for his resignation, and maybe the new reports detailing his involvement in the cruelty towards dogs will persuade more members of Congress to follow suit.