People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is finally speaking up after the reports of the inhumane treatment of animals by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fox News reports that PETA is now calling for Fauci to resign.
“Our position is clear. ALL those in leadership at NIH, including Fauci, should resign,” the group tweeted Friday.
PETA’s statement comes in the wake of reports describing some of the inhumane experiments conducted on dogs — experiments that were funded by the NIH with the money of American taxpayers.
A recent report from the White Coat Waste Project claims that over $400,000 in U.S. taxpayer dollars helped fund an experiment that involved giving beagles an experimental drug, and then infesting them with diseased flies.
The NIH released a statement in October in which it didn’t deny the horrific reports.
“All animals used in NIH-funded research are protected by laws, regulations, and policies to ensure the smallest possible number of subjects and the greatest commitment to their welfare,” the statement read.
The statement went on to correct the record on some of the reports that have emerged. However, overall, the agency did not deny the main thrust of the reports, including that the dogs were infested with diseased flies, and reports that the dogs had their vocal cords removed, to name a few of the atrocities.
PETA’s full statement
PETA, for its part, strongly condemned the experiments and the NIH for funding them, including Fauci.
“Anthony Fauci and all the NIH directors have defended a cruel, archaic system for far too long,” the advocacy group said. “It’s time for them to get out of the way and let modern scientists take over. They’ve known for at least a decade that torturing dogs, monkeys, and other animals is delaying treatments and cures for humans, but they continually defend the status quo — at the cost of millions of animal lives and billions of tax dollars.”
The statement continues:
PETA urges all Americans to ask President Biden to appoint NIH leaders who understand that organs-on-a-chip, supercomputers, 3-D tissue models and other high-tech research methods must replace animals in the laboratory now.
It remains unclear whether Fauci and the NIH will be held accountable as a result of the horrific experimentation, though it’s unlikely under the Biden administration. Recently, a group of bipartisan lawmakers sent a letter to Fauci asking for an explanation of the reported experiments. Fauci has yet to respond.