Two dozen bi-partisan House lawmakers have signed a letter asking Dr. Anthony Fauci to explain why his division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used taxpayer money to fund cruel experiments that saw insects eating beagle puppies alive.
The letter came in response to a report from the taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project. It alleges that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on the experiments that locked beagles’ heads in cages while hordes of hungry sandflies ate them alive.
“We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,” the group of 24 lawmakers wrote to Fauci in a letter dated Oct. 21.
The Hill cited the allegations from White Coat Waste which claims that 44 beagle puppies were used in a Tunisia lab and some of the dogs had their vocal cords removed, so scientists could work without incessant barking.
“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,” White Coat Waste 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 nonprofit organization added.
On its Twitter, White Coat Waste also claimed that Fauci funded wasteful and brutal beagle experiments in some locations in the United States, including Georgia, California, and even his own NIH lab in Maryland.
In their letter, the Capitol Hill lawmakers, led by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) demanded Fauci answer five questions by Nov. 19.
- 1. How many drug tests involving dogs have been funded by NIAID since Jan. 2018? How much taxpayer money has been spent on this testing?
- 2. Since the FDA has clearly stated that it does not require dog testing for new drugs, why has NIAID continued to commission testing on dogs?
- 3. What has NIAID done to explore the use of non-canine and non-animal alternatives to meet FDA data requirements?
- 4. Has NIAID ever made any dogs available for adoption after the conclusion of an experiment or testing? If so, how many? if not, why not?
- 5. Why has NIAID contracted for cordectomies when they appear to be scientifically and medically unnecessary? What is the average cost for each cordectomy performed?
The letter was also 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.).