The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is under investigation after an animal rights organization released a video showing the mistreatment and sometimes death of Beagle puppies at a kennel that NIH paid $1.2 million to buy dogs for experiments.
The controversial organization PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, released a video it shot on the premises of Envigo, a kennel for the Beagle dog breed in Virginia.
The cruel images show the kennel’s employees sticking needles without anesthesia into a puppy’s head to remove fluid, or applying a saline solution to euthanize the dog while it is still conscious.
PETA claims that at least 5,000 dogs are crammed into small cages in which the barking is so loud and constant that many puppies suffer ear damage, end up fighting, are crushed to death, or simply cannot stand the harsh conditions.
The organization reports finding at least 350 dead puppies at the site.
“One Monday, PETA’s investigator found a puppy whose body was split open, was rotting, and smelled rancid in a cage with the puppy’s mother and littermates. A worker said, “That puppy’s probably been in there since Friday,” the report details.
“Some puppies fell through holes in the cages and ended up in drains, soaking wet and covered with feces, bedding, and waste. Typically, they did not survive,” PETA’s report says.
Investigators also charge that the kennel’s employees have no qualifications to perform the veterinary tasks and often simply leave puppies for dead without checking their vital signs.
“A supervisor inserted a needle into a puppy’s head, without anesthetics or analgesics, in a crude attempt to drain fluid from a wound. The puppy cried out, loudly—so the supervisor tried to hold his mouth shut,” the report charges.
What is the relationship with the NIH?
According to PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch, who spoke with Tucker Carlson, Envigo breeds and provides these puppies to NIH for ‘cruel and unethical experiments.’ As a result of the complaint, the Department of Agriculture has subpoenaed NIH to explain the facility’s unsanitary conditions and animal abuse.
Ms. Nachminovitch claims that the reason they breed and use Beagles is because of their excellent character:
“Beagles are small and docile. They’re such gentle, loyal dogs, and unfortunately they are so submissive that they’re easy to torture without posing a public safety risk to their abusers.”
According to PETA’s website, the NIH spends half of its budget or 1.9 billion of taxpayer money on ‘animal studies.’
This is not the first time the NIH has come under fire for funding controversial projects or research.
In July 2021, Senator Rand Paul accused Dr. Antony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is under the NIH, of funding dangerous research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that could have led to the coronavirus.
Although Dr. Fauci denied the allegations, the Kentucky senator presented documentation in which the researchers indicate the research involved modifying the spike proteins of a coronavirus so that it could infect humans.