Documents from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirm that the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, spent $1.68 million on irrelevant research that cost the lives of dozens of beagle puppies.
Between October 2018 and February 2019, NIAID-funded research at SRI International, 44 beagle puppies, aged 6-8 months old, were force-fed or injected with an experimental drug. After the puppies had been drugged they were killed and dissected, according to documents obtained by White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a taxpayer watchdog organization with a focus on scientific research. The research was determined to be unnecessary by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and cost taxpayers $1.68 million.
The NIH documents claimed the experiments were carried out “to provide data of suitable quality and integrity to support application to the U.S . Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies.” However, following an investigation by the WCW this summer, the FDA said that it “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.”
The SRI experiments included severing the puppies’ vocal cords to prevent them from barking, as well as testing done on mice.
“People are naming puppies after Anthony Fauci, but he’s actually dogs’ and taxpayers’ worst nightmare. From poisoning puppies here at home to funding gain-of-function experiments in China, the government’s highest-paid employee has proven he can’t be trusted to spend taxpayer dollars responsibly,” WCW vice president of advocacy and public policy Justin Goodman said. “With NIH director Francis Collins retiring, Fauci should be the next one to go.”
Prior WCW investigations showed that NIAID allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to research that entailed purposely infecting beagles with parasitic diseases then euthanizing them. In August, Republican lawmakers commanded Dr. Fauci to clarify his agency’s involvement in the gruesome animal testing deemed unnecessary by the FDA.