Dr Fauci shame after horrifying 'dog killing' experiments exposed; calls for sacking grow

Rep. Nancy Mace exposes 'cruel' experiments on puppies that cost over $1.6M run by NIAID, which exposed beagles to disease-causing parasites

                            Dr Fauci shame after horrifying 'dog killing' experiments exposed; calls for sacking grow
Dr Anthony Fauci (J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images) and a beagle from the experiments (White Coat Waste Project)

Dr Anthony Fauci has once again come under the scanner after it was revealed that his division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) has been funding "dog killing" experiments in North Africa. Reportedly, the labs have been exposing beagles to disease-causing parasites and killing the pups after the experiments. The shocking experiments have now caught the attention of Congress, with 24 members led by Rep. Nany Mace (R-SC) demanding Fauci issue an explanation.

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, Fauci has become the face of America's response, and GOP disgust. Back in June, emails from Fauci showed the chaos in the Trump administration, and the lack of any coherent policy to respond to the pandemic in the initial months. Currently, the GOP is targeting Fauci over alleged secret funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which some claim created the Covid-19 virus. 


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Now, it has been revealed that Fauci's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has also been funding experiments on dogs in Tunisia. As a result, both Democrats and Republicans have called on Fauci to speak up, with Mace calling the experiments "disgusting". Others who have signed the letter include Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Ted Lieu, Maria E. Salazar, and Daniel Webster.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci. (NIAID website)


What are the experiments being done?

Reportedly, a lab in Tunisia exposed 44 dogs to hungry sand flies. The dogs had their heads locked in cages so "that the insects could eat them alive." Reportedly, there were also left "alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights" so as to attract more sand flies. It's unclear why exactly the experiments are being done. To make matters worse, it appears the beagles had their vocal cords slit, so they couldn't bark or cry. At the end of the experiments, reportedly "the dogs will all be killed."

The White Coat Waste Project, which exposed the experiments, noted that the dogs were first injected with an experimental drug, but did not say which one or for what disease. Reportedly though, the flies do cause diseases in humans, so it appears as if the team was studying some relevant disease. That said, it appears the experiments were completely unnecessary. 

A photo of the dogs being experimented on in Tunisia, with funding from the US government. (White Coat Waste Project)


Who ran the experiments?

It's unclear who runs the lab in Tunisia, but public records trace the recipient of the funding to the University of Georgia Research Foundation. Records show the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) gave $424,455 to the foundation to start the experiments in September 2020, with funding due to run till January 2022. The money was traced back to the NIAID, which Fauci heads. 

Interestingly, the 'Place of Performance' mentioned in the contract is Athens, Georgia, so it is unclear how Tunisia got involved. "Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles," the group told Changing America in a statement. Notably, this isn't the first time the group has highlighted experiments on dogs. Back in November 2016, the White Coat Waste Project published a similar expose indicating over 1,000 dogs were experimented on by labs operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Food and Drug Administration, NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is Congress doing about it?

Led by Rep. Mace, 24 Representatives have called on Fauci to explain why the experiments are being done. In a letter to the NIAID, Mace revealed that between October 2018 and February 2019, the NIAID spent over $1.68 million on the experiments. By November 19, Mace has asked Fauci and the NIAID to reveal how many such tests have been conducted and their total costs, whether or not the dogs are given up for adoption after experiments, and why the dogs are having their vocal cords split (cordectomy). 

The letter was sent to Fauci on October 23, and so far the NIAID hasn't issued a statement. It's unclear what will happen should Fauci fail to reply by the deadline. But whether they do or not, the internet has already made its feelings clear. Shortly after the story broke, #FireFauci began trending on Twitter, as angry users slammed the disease expert for funding such experiments. 



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Sen. Ted Cruz mocked, "I saw several tweets about this and assumed it was metaphorical. Surely Fauci wasn’t literally “torturing puppies.” My assumption was incorrect." Stephen Miller tweeted, "The most ironic thing is 760,000 Americans are dead likely because of Fauci's well funded science experiments but he's going to end up retiring because the public got outraged over a few Beagles." One person said, "People …horrified that Fauci funded testing on Beagles. Have they not realized that they themselves are just another one of the test subjects upon receiving the “vaccine”?"





"DEFEND THE PUPPIES #FireFauci," tweeted AZ State Senator Wendy Rogers. One user commented, "If Fauci hadn't lied to Congress about gain-of-function research, maybe he could weasel his way out of #Puppygate. Now that America knows he's a lying sociopath, trust in him among the literate public is *over.* #FireFauci." Another mocked the BLM movement, tweeting, "Beagle Lives Matter #FireFauci."





The Biden administration is also yet to address the story. But with support from both Democrats and Republicans, it's clear Fauci is going to face a lot of heat in the coming days. Congressional investigations could also be ordered, especially by the GOP with the 2022 midterms close at hand. 

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