A rescue organization said in a letter on Wednesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci should face charges if his National Institutes of Health division continues to fund a lab in Tunisia that has been accused of torturing and killing dozens of beagle puppies for scientific experiments.
After the news of the experiments broke, Fauci has reportedly been swamped with angry messages and threats. However, four NIH officials denied the claims that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the medical experiments in which beagles were trapped in cages filled with diseased sand flies.
In the letter directly to Fauci, the Beagle Freedom Project said he and the agency must stop funding the tests in which dogs are injected with disease-causing parasites.
“Bearing witness to what you and your organization does to animals is nothing short of criminal. It is time to end it, and now the world is watching,” wrote president and founder Shannon Keith. “If it does not end immediately, Beagle Freedom Project will make sure it becomes criminal and those who perpetrate it will be punished by law.”
A report from the watchdog group White Coat Waste Project came forth with the claim that the NIH spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests on 44 beagle puppies. The FDA Modernization Act was a bipartisan bill that was introduced to end a mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals prior to approval, which Keith cited.
“If science and wasteful taxpayer spending are not enough to convince you, perhaps legal changes will,” she wrote. “Dr. Fauci, the evidence is clear: animal testing is outdated, flawed, cruel, unethical and harmful to both animals and humans.”
Fauci was sent so many messages and threats in response to the allegations that at the end of October, his assistant stopped answering the phone for two weeks; the White House chief medical advisor received 3,600 phone calls in 36 hours.
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