Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief White House medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), came under heavy fire last year over revelations of his linkage to taxpayer-funded experiments on young dogs that have been deemed cruel and unnecessary and wasteful.
Now comes evidence of even more cruel and unusual experimentation on innocent puppies, this time involving injecting them with cocaine as well as another “experimental compound” to purportedly counter the illicit drug, The Daily Wire reported.
There were actually two separate experiments like this between 2020-2021, funded with $2.3 million in grant money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), after which the beagle puppy subjects were either euthanized or “recycled” to be used in other government-funded experiments.
Dogs injected with cocaine in dubious taxpayer-funded experiments
This new information came by way of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the White Coat Waste Project, a group devoted to identifying and ending wasteful and abusive and unnecessary scientific experiments using taxpayer dollars.
The scientific whistleblower group obtained official documents detailing the two experiments funded by the National Institue on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the NIH, that collectively involved more than a dozen beagle puppies.
In the experiments, the beagles were first operated on to surgically implant a special “telemetry unit” to track vital signs as well as a special “vascular access port” made of titanium. They were then fitted with special jackets that connected to the port and were repeatedly administered cocaine and the experimental compound and monitored by video for signs of adverse reactions.
The forced drugging went on periodically for a number of months between March 2020 and March 2021 — with a final report due in March 2022 — and, once the experiments had concluded, the dogs were put to sleep or shipped off to other labs to be used as test subjects in other experiments.
Bipartisan bill filed to defund cruel animal experiments
This is just the latest example of cruel taxpayer-funded experiments on puppies uncovered and exposed by the White Coat Waste Project, and only adds to the nonpartisan fury of many Americans across the ideological spectrum who oppose cruel experimentation on helpless and innocent animals.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) is among those infuriated by what the whistleblowers have discovered, and in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, she cited some of the prior experiments exposed by the group, such as force-feeding puppies experimental drugs, subjecting them to infestations of ticks and other parasitic insects — as well as evidence that the dogs’ vocal cords were surgically damaged or removed in order to prevent the distressed dogs from barking.
In response to all of these horrific accounts, Mace and some others in Congress have sought to legislatively defund Dr. Fauci and the NIH with regard to animal experimentation, by way of a bill known as the Preventing Animal Abuse and Waste (PAAW) Act of 2021.
That bill, which would immediately prohibit any and all “research causing significant pain or distress to dogs” and begin a process by which all experimentation on dogs would eventually be phased out, already has a dozen co-sponsors who, in the words of Rep. Mace, includes “members of the conservative Freedom Caucus and the socialist ‘Squad.'”
“To end NIAID’s beagle experiments, we must first end its wasteful spending,” the congresswoman concluded. “The bipartisan PAAW Act will save taxpayer dollars, produce better data for scientists, and save puppies’ lives. It’s a win-win-win.”