The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, funded cruel experiments on dogs as young as six weeks old to test antiparasitic treatments, according to a letter signed by 24 lawmakers.
The experiments, conducted in Tunisia, deliberately infected dozens of beagles with disease-causing parasites to test an experimental drug. The heinous and ethically dubious experiments were funded by Dr. Fauci’s division at the National Institutes of Health, the nonprofit White Coat Waste Project found in his investigation.
One of the most disturbing incidents funded by the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases of Fauci involved $375,000 donated to a Tunisian research laboratory.
There, the chicks had their heads trapped in cages, before being left for the sandflies to eat alive for research purposes.
Harrowing photos showed the chicks with their heads kept inside muslin cages filled with hungry insects.
Another procedure – which the NIH funded with $1.8 million – saw 44 beagle puppies undergo a ‘cordectomy’, which had their vocal cords cut to prevent them from barking.
This experiment, which took place in Menlo Park, Calif., saw the dogs get drugged before they were killed and dissected.
A third set of taxpayer-funded tests, worth $425,000, saw beagles howl in pain as they experimented in Georgia.
In response, a group of 24 lawmakers, led by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), is now demanding that Fauci provide answers about experiments they believe are ‘cruel’ and a ‘reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds’.
‘According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, and subsequent media coverage, from October 2018 to February 2019, NIAID spent $1.86 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests involving 44 beagle puppies’, the lawmakers’ letter reads.
‘Although the documents state that the ostensible purpose of this study was ‘to provide data of adequate quality and integrity to support application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies’, the FDA itself has recently stated that it ‘does not require human drugs studied in dogs. ”
The experiments were carried out with funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of which Fauci has been director since 1984.
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Two weeks ago, the White Coat Waste Project revealed that about $1.68 million was spent on experiments with a total of 44 beagles at Sri International in Menlo Park, Calif., in which the pups received cordectomy and were force-fed with drugs before they are killed and dissected.
Another $375,800 was provided as a donation to a laboratory in Tunisia for beagle puppies and they locked their heads in mesh cages so the sandflies could eat the dogs full of hundreds of infected sandflies, the group revealed in August.
Fauci’s team had previously, in 2016, tethered the infectious sand flies to beagles at the NIAID laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland, allowing them to feed on the dogs for 22 months.
The White Coat Waste Project claims that dogs developed infectious legions before researchers killed and dissected them.
This procedure cost $18,430,917.
In September 2020, Fauci’s agency authorized a $424,000 grant for animal experiments at the University of Georgia, where healthy beagles were drugged and then intentionally infested with parasite-carrying flies.
Records show that the dogs were ‘vocaling in pain’ during the experiments, before being killed.
The group of lawmakers asked Fauci and his researchers to respond by November 19:
‘Unloading beagles and poisoning dogs in our tax experiments is a national disgrace that is uniting Republicans and Democrats, and we applaud Representative Nancy Mace and her colleagues on both sides of the aisle for holding the NIH accountable for this government waste and animal abuse.’ , said Justin Goodman, vice president of defense and public policy for the taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, in a statement provided to the Daily Mail.
Neither Fauci nor the NIAID responded immediately to our request for comment.
The animal testing allegations come after Fauci was accused of lying to Congress, alleging that the US did not fund the gain-of-function research at the laboratory of Wuhan, accused of creating COVID.
The National Institutes of Health admitted on Wednesday that it had funded gain-of-function research in bat coronaviruses in its Wuhan laboratory, despite Dr. Fauci’s denials to Congress that such research had not taken place.
The admission came in a letter addressed to Kentucky Congressman James Comer, in which NIH deputy director Lawrence A. Tabak referred to a “limited experiment” conducted to test whether “occurring bat coronavirus peak proteins that circulating in China were able to bind to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model,’ in Wuhan’s laboratory.
According to Tabak, mice infected with the modified bat virus “got sicker” than those infected with the unmodified bat virus.
It looks at the transmission of disease between animals and humans and is a way for scientists to alter organisms and diseases.
They can then study how these diseases can become more deadly or more communicable, occurring in the Chinese laboratory, despite Dr. Fauci’s constant denials.
The letter shifts blame to the nonprofit US EcoHealth Alliance, which used NIH money to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, for not being transparent about the type of research they were doing.
“EcoHealth did not report this finding immediately, as required by the terms of the grant,” Tabak wrote in his letter. ‘EcoHealth is being notified that it has five days from today to submit to the NIH any and all unpublished data from experiments and work conducted under this award.’
Fauci testified on several occasions before Congress that US taxpayers have never funded what is called “gain of function” research in China – which would make a virus more contagious or deadly.
In May, Fauci testified that the NIH ‘never and now does not fund Gain-of-Function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology’.
However, in September, The Intercept revealed that it had received 900 pages of documents detailing the research work of the EcoHealth Alliance in Wuhan, China.
The files showed that in 2014, the National Institutes of Health approved an annual grant of $666,000 over five years ($3.3 million) to the EcoHealth Alliance, a US research organization, for coronavirus in bats.
The EcoHealth Alliance, in its proposal to the NIH, recognized that the risks involved were ‘the greatest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs’ among employees, who could then carry it out outside the laboratory.
The NIH gave them the money anyway – something Fauci was forced to admit before testifying before Congress in May of this year. The EcoHealth Alliance then gave $599,000 of the money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The grant approval notice is 528 pages long. It describes how the EcoAlliance would receive annual payments totaling $3.3 million over five years.