NIH allocates almost $2 million in funding for experiments on puppies

White House Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci is receiving pushback over the National Institutes of Health’s proposed plan to spend almost $2 million on puppy experiments according to the Washington Examiner.

The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has reportedly set aside $1,836,453 in taxpayer dollars for testing an experimental hay fever drug on mice, rats, and dogs, including 6-month-old puppies. 

“Fauci’s white coats at NIAID have forced taxpayers to pay millions to debark and poison puppies, infest beagles with ticks and flies, and, now, needlessly torture puppies to test a new drug to treat a runny nose,” Devin Murphy, White Coat Waste Project’s public policy and communications manager, told the Washington Examiner.

“The FDA has stated clearly that it doesn’t mandate dog testing for human drugs, and even NIAID’s own contractor acknowledges that the dog testing demanded by Fauci’s agency is unnecessary because alternative animal models are available.”

Hay fever is more commonly known as seasonal allergies, and includes a runny nose and sneezing, according to the funding documents recovered by the White Coat Waste Project.

This isn’t the first time the NIH has gotten into trouble for their experiments on dogs, and questions have arisen about the ethical nature of how the department conducts experiments in conjunction with animals.

According to the Examiner, there are at least five separate experiments on dogs expected to be conducted and it will likely include the force-feeding of experimental drugs for several months.

The contractor for testing, Inimmune, said that they believe guinea pigs could be used instead of dogs in one of the experiments.

Inimmune also suggested that there was a possibility of purchasing “six-month-old puppies,” so that they could be exposed to allergens and used for testing.

The use of animals was a question amongst lawmakers asking President Joe Biden and the NIAID late in 2021 about the alleged testing of experimental drugs on 44 puppies.

Outrage including the use of puppies held down for bugs to eat the flesh off their face, resulted in an inquiry, and the White Coat Waste Project had previously accused Fauci and the NIAID of using taxpayer money for “wasteful and brutal” experimentation.

Laboratories were allegedly hosting these experiments in Africa, California, Georgia, and Maryland.

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