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Fauci pressed by group of bipartisan lawmakers to explain funding ‘cruel’ puppy experiments

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Top White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci is being pressured to explain why, as head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, he signed off on a grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance “cruel” experiments involving drugged beagle puppies.

A letter signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers after a nonprofit group called the White Coat Waste Project, which first pointed out that taxpayer funds were used to finance experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, also discovered the beagle research, The Hill reported.

According to the organization, dozens of beagles were first infected with parasites that cause disease in order to test an experimental drug.

Several House members, mostly Republicans, have pressed Fauci to explain the funding following the allegations made by the nonprofit group over the drugging of puppies.

The organization pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t direct that drugs be tested on dogs, prompting its activists to inquire as to why such experimentation is being conducted and funded by American taxpayers.

According to the White Coat Waste Project, 44 beagle pups were utilized for experimentation in a Tunisia lab. Some of the dogs had vocal cords removed, reportedly so scientists could conduct their work without having to listen to constant barking.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who led the lawmaker letter to the National Institutes of Health, said that the cordectomies are “cruel” as well as a “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”

“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 sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive,” officials with the nonprofit told The Hill. “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.”

The Hill added: “Mace’s letter was signed by Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Fred Keller (R-Pa.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Lisa McClain (R-Mich.), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Maria E. Salazar (R-Fla.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).”

“We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,” the letter said.

According to Newsweek, Fauci’s agency spent a total of $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on the beagle experiments in Tunisia, which is located in North Africa.

“The dogs were all between six and eight months old. The commissioned tests involved injecting and force-feeding the puppies an experimental drug for several weeks, before killing and dissecting them,” the letter continued.

“Of particular concern is the fact that the invoice to NIAID included a line item for ‘cordectomy.’ As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as ‘devocalization,’ involves slitting a dog’s vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying,” the letter notes further.

“This cruel procedure – which is opposed with rare exceptions by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and others – seems to have been performed so that experimenters would not have to listen to the pained cries of the beagle puppies. This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds,” the legislators added, noting further that, according to the nonprofit group, there have been similar experiments in four other locations around the world.

Jon Dougherty

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