Animal research

Fauci must be held accountable for animal research practices

Representative Greg Steube

Long before Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, was obsessed with caging Americans in their homes – in the name of “science” – he ordered the National Institutes of Health to cage thousands beagles in laboratories for cruel and unethical medical experiments. .

According to the Beagle Freedom Project, beagles are often selected as the breed of choice for animal testing because they are “docile, pleasant to people, and very forgiving.” They are easy to “keep” in cages and do not tend to bite when injured. “

In a U.S. Department of Agriculture report for fiscal 2019, 797,546 animals were used in laboratory research in the United States. The government is only required to publicly declare the treatment of animals listed in the Animal Welfare Act 1996.

Most species of mice, rats and fish do not need to be included in annual animal experimentation reports. Of the animals reported in 2019, more than 58,000 were dogs.

In documents obtained by the White Coat Waste Project, it was revealed that the Fauci Division of the National Institutes of Health had ordered cruel and unnecessary drug toxicity tests on dogs and other animals that cost US taxpayers more of $ 1.68 million.

These tax dollars funded barbaric trials that involved injecting dozens of beagles with experimental drugs before murdering and dissecting them. To make matters worse, these beagles were puppies between the ages of six and eight months.

Even more heinous, reports were also uncovered revealing that Fauci had allowed the beagles’ vocal cords to be cut so that they could not cry while being tortured. It appears that Fauci has a habit of silencing those who protest against his actions since he has also silenced millions of Americans who opposed his draconian COVID-19 restrictions. At least Fauci couldn’t cut our vocal cords to shut us up.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Fauci agencies have supported cruel experiments. In 2016, Fauci authorized experiments where infectious sandflies were attached to beagles for food for 22 months before the beagles were killed.

During my tenure in the Florida legislature, I championed many pieces of legislation protecting animals from cruelty and abuse, but never thought it would be to protect animals from our nation’s highest paid public servant. But it’s true: taxpayers pay Fauci’s over $ 400,000 annual salary to oversee unethical and inhumane torture of animals in our country and abroad:

After learning about the sandfly experiments, I joined with many of my colleagues in sending a letter to Fauci demanding an explanation of the reports that he authorized funding for similar tests to be conducted on dogs at the University. from Georgia.

As we have learned in the wake of COVID-19, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are supporting research projects on foreign animals abroad, such as questionable experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Guess Fauci’s thirst for animal abuse goes beyond our borders: Poignant images have been discovered in National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease files that show drugged beagles – their heads in cages – being eaten by flies in Tunisia.

My Conservative colleagues in Congress and I sent a letter to Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, inquiring about his oversight on other alien animal projects – and expressing concerns about national security and the risks. for human health from taxpayer-funded animal research conducted abroad.

As the proud owner of four rescue dogs, I am appalled at the actions our government has taken under the leadership of Dr Fauci. Between his mismanagement of COVID-19 and unreasonably cruel animal testing, this man must be held accountable – and he must resign immediately.

Representative Greg Steube represents the 17th Congressional District of Florida.