The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals stated that all of the National Institutes of Health leaders should be fired, including Dr. Anthony Fauci ..
” Our position is clear. PETA sent a tweet Friday afternoon stating that all those at NIH’s leadership, Fauci included, must resign.
The tweet comes after a White Coat Waste report claimed that more than $400,000 in taxpayer funding was spent on experiments that involved beagles being given an experimental drug, then infested with disease-carrying flies. Fox News does not verify whether such experiments occurred. Fox News received a statement from the NIH in October regarding this report. This statement didn’t deny that these experiments were conducted or that NIH had funded them.
Four months old, female Beagle pup barking on white leather couch.
“Anthony Fauci and all the NIH directors have defended a cruel, archaic system for far too long. “It’s high time they get out of their way and allow modern scientists to take control,” stated Kathy Guillermo (peta senior vice president, laboratory investigations). They’ve known since at least 10 years that torturing animals such as dogs and monkeys is delaying treatment and cures for human beings, yet they continue to defend the status quo at the expense of millions of lives and trillions of dollars in tax dollars.
“PETA calls on all Americans to press President Biden for appointing NIH officials who are able to understand the importance of organ-on-achips, supercomputers, 3-D tissue models, and other high-tech methods to replace animal research.
The report also led many Democrats and Republicans, including Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) to send a letter to Dr. Fauci, demanding answers about the research.
In this Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, Republican Nancy Mace talks to supporters during her election night party in Mount Pleasant, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)
The NIH gave the following statement to Fox News in October regarding the report:
“All animals used in NIH-funded research are protected by laws, regulations and policies to ensure the smallest possible number of subjects and the greatest commitment to their welfare … ”
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021.
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“The images of beagles were drawn from a manuscript published in July 2021 in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Incorrectly, the manuscript cited support from NIAID. However, NIAID didn’t support the specific research that was shown in the photos of beagles.
“There also are concerns raised about work involving beagles under an NIAID contract for preclinical pharmacology and toxicology services. The contract requires that the contractor performs animal testing in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines and at a facility approved by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. In research areas with many dogs, vocal cordectomies can be performed humanely and under anesthesia. It is done to lessen noise. This can be stressful for the dogs and cause hearing damage. “
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.