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Congress calls for answers from Fauci, NIH over report agency funded testing on dogs in Tunisia

Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s agency was found to have used taxpayer funds to finance experiments on dogs, new report shows.

The hashtag #ArrestFauci was trending on Twitter over the weekend, intensifying the outrage over the experiments, including one which saw beagles trapped in cages so flies could eat them, and another where they were ‘debarked’ before being pumped with drugs and killed. Fauci’s National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases gave $375,000 given to a Tunisian research lab. In this lab puppies had their heads held in cages, before being left for sand flies to eat them alive for research purposes.

Pictures taken at the lab showed the pups with their heads kept inside the muslin-type cages filled with the hungry insects. Another procedure – which the NIH funded by $1.8 million – saw 44 beagle puppies undergo a ‘cordectomy,’ which saw their vocal cords cut to stop them barking. 

Melissa Tate wrote on Twitter: “The fact that Fauci is still walking around free and is doing media appearances without a single ‘journalist’ asking him about gain of function and #puppygate, is a true testament to how far gone this country is. God help us #ArrestFauci.”

An official with the National Institutes of Health, the agency which oversees the NIAID headed by Fauci, admitted on Wednesday that American taxpayers funded gain of function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China. The official acknowledged that EcoHealth Alliance, the US nonprofit that funneled NIH money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was not transparent about the work it was doing.

In testimony before Congress, Fauci and outgoing NIH Director Francis Collins denied that the agency funded gain of function research at Wuhan. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement demanding that President Joe Biden “designate an NIH director who chooses human-relevant research”. The PETA statement did not name Fauci. 

In response to the gruesome revelations, a group of 24 lawmakers, led by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), are now demanding Fauci provide answers about the experiments they believe to be ‘cruel’ and a “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”

“According to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, and subsequent media coverage, from October 2018 until February 2019, NIAID spent $1.86million in taxpayer funds on drug tests involving 44 beagle puppies,” the letter from lawmakers reads. 

“While documents state that the ostensible purpose of this study was to ‘provide data of suitable quality and integrity to support application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies,’ the FDA itself has recently stated that it ‘does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.” The experiments were done with funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of which Fauci has been director since 1984.  

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: YAHOO NEWS

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