By Jorge Casuso
October 25, 2021 – US Representative Ted Lieu, whose district is Santa Monica, is among two dozen lawmakers who expressed “grave concerns” that Dr. Anthony Fauci-led health agency funded “brutal” experiments on puppies.
In Thursday’s bipartisan letter, spearheaded by Rep. Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, lawmakers said they had “serious concerns about reports of costly, cruel and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs.”
|Dogs in the Taxpayer Financing Experiment (Courtesy White Coat Waste Project)|
The letter calls on Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to end the testing on puppies described in a recent report from the nonprofit White Coat Waste Project (WCW).
The report – based on documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request – showed that NIAID used tax dollars to fund experiments the group calls animal torture.
“Our investigators reveal that Fauci’s NIH division sent part of a $ 375,800 grant to a laboratory in Tunisia to stun beagles and lock their heads in wire cages filled with hungry sand flies, so the insects can eat them alive, ”said WCW.
“They also caged beagles alone overnight in the desert for nine consecutive nights to use as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”
The letter to Fauci, which was also addressed to President Biden, calls for the President’s chief medical adviser to share information about NIAID-mandated tests that “inject and force-feed the pups with an experimental drug for several weeks before” they are killed and dissected. ”
Lawmakers said it was particularly concerned that the bill to NIAID included an item for cordectomies performed on the six to eight month old dogs to keep them calm during the experiments.
“As you probably know, a cordectomy, also known as ‘devocalization,’ involves severing a dog’s vocal cords to prevent them from barking, howling, or screaming,” the letter said.
“This gruesome procedure – which, with rare exceptions, is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and others – appears to have been carried out so that the experimenters would not have to listen to the painful cries of the beagle pups.
“This is a reprehensible abuse of taxpayers’ money,” the letter reads.
Following the release of the WCW report, #ArrestFauci began to be on trend on Twitter amid growing calls to oust the country’s leading infectious disease official.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement on Sunday demanding that Biden “appoint an NIH director to elect human-relevant research.”
Fauci was not mentioned in the statement.
WCW found that their report was the fourth time since 2016 that the group documented experiments funded by Fauci’s agency involving cruel dog abuse.
The nonprofit project first attracted attention in April 2020 when it revealed that Fauci’s agency at the Wuhan Institute of Virology had provided funding for “gain-of-function” research.
The mainstream press and social media censored the results of the WCW, as well as any subsequent reports suggesting that the Wuhan laboratory may have been the source of the pandemic that killed nearly 5 million people.
In recent months, as more information has emerged during a Congressional investigation into the origins of the virus, the once-discredited “conspiracy theory” has gained credibility.