GOP Rep. Nancy Mace spearheads bipartisan letter urging Fauci to explain controversial experiments on beagles

A letter spearheaded by GOP Rep. Nancy Mace (SC) and signed by 23 other lawmakers — both Republicans and Democrats — demands that Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Allergy and Infectious Diseases division, explain why his agency help fund research on beagles overseas that left nearly two dozen innocent dogs dead. 

According to Breitbart, the letter states that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of 27 agencies under the NIH, partially funded research in which the beagles’ heads were locked in cages and sandflies were allowed to “eat them alive.” The dogs were then given experimental medication to see if it would get rid of the parasites the flies carried.

The experiment reportedly took place in Tunisia, North Africa, and Mace’s letter referred to it as a “cruel” and “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”

White Coat Waste Project

Mace got her information from a report by the White Coat Waste Project, which is opposed to the testing of drugs on animals.

“Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sandflies so that the insects could eat them alive,” the group told The Hill’s Changing America. “They also locked beagles alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights to use them as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”

At least some of the dogs also reportedly had their vocal cords removed to prevent incessant barking and whining, the project reported.

The project claimed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never requires drugs to be tested on dogs.

The White Coat Waste Project also reported in August that another NIH-funded experiment involving beagles was conducted to test a vaccine and that 44 beagles were euthanized after the research was completed.

Gain of function research

In addition, and despite a number of prior claims to the contrary, the NIH recently admitted in a letter to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) that it did fund gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, where many believe COVID-19 originated and from which it may have escaped, infecting humans. The research was on bat viruses and how to make them more infectious to humans, Breitbart reported.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Fauci himself has repeatedly denied that the NIH funded gain of function research in Wuhan or that he was involved, despite publicly released emails that suggest he knew about the research and helped to cover it up.

Why is this man still in charge of the NIAID, and why does anyone still listen to anything he has to say about COVID-19?

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