The controversial head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been the subject of intense criticism throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is under fire yet again amid reports that the agency he leads spent taxpayer funds on a study that involved infecting beagle puppies with disease-causing parasites, according to The Hill.
Investigators affiliated with a nonprofit organization called the White Coat Waste Project have drawn attention recently to the fact that Fauci’s NIAID provided funding to a research endeavor undertaken by the University of Georgia which involved providing dogs with an experimental treatment before being directly exposed to a type of biting flies known to carry a harmful parasite, as the New York Post explained.
The experiment reportedly took place in Tunisia, North Africa, and after allowing the beagles to develop infections for a period of three months, the animals were euthanized, and, according to the Post, their blood was then collected for further study, the Post added.
White Coat Waste detailed the jaw-dropping research process to The Hill, stating, “Our investigators show that Fauci’s [National Institutes of Health] division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive,” adding, “They also locked beagles alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights to use them as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”
As a result of the news, a bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter demanding that Fauci provide an explanation of what Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) described as “cruel” and a “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds,” as Breitbart noted.
Despite the adulation in which liberals have bathed Fauci and the bureaucracy of which he is an integral part since the start of the pandemic, news of the beagle experiment has drawn scorn from even reliably left-wing groups including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
PETA vice president Kathy Guillermo demanded the firing of NIH director Francis Collins, saying “The deadly experiments on dogs are proof that Fauci’s boss is stuck in the failed science of yesteryear,” adding, “He is spending billions of dollars on studies that include infecting and cutting up dogs, frightening monkeys, and addicting mice to cocaine that don’t lead to cures or vaccines while humans die from Alzheimer’s HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other deadly ailments.”
The Post noted that a University of Georgia spokesperson said that the study at issue was meant to aid in the development of a vaccine, though there was no mention of which disease said inoculation was designed to fight, and according to The Hill, Fauci’s NIAID has yet to provide a response to a request for comment on the situation.
Given the fact that, despite Fauci’s repeated denials over the past several months, the NIH last week admitted to providing funds for gain-of-function research, any answer or explanation the agency might offer for this latest controversy will certainly – and justifiably – be met with significant skepticism.