People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the leadership of the National Institutes of Health should resign, including Dr Anthony Fauci.
“Our position is clear. ALL NIH leaders, including Fauci, should step down,” PETA tweeted Friday afternoon.
The tweet comes after a White Coat Waste Report claimed that more than $ 400,000 in public funds had been spent on experiments involving beagles receiving an investigational drug and then infested with disease-carrying flies. Fox News has not independently verified whether these experiments took place. The NIH provided a statement to Fox News about the report in October. This statement did not deny that these types of experiments took place or that the NIH funded them.
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“Anthony Fauci and all NIH directors have championed a cruel and archaic system for far too long. It is time for them to step aside and let modern scientists take over,” said Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president laboratory investigations at PETA. . “They have known for at least a decade that torturing dogs, monkeys and other animals delays treatments and remedies for humans, but they continually defend the status quo – at the cost of millions of animal lives and billions of dollars. taxes.
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The report also led many Democrats and Republicans, including Representative Nancy Mace (RS.C.) to send a letter to Dr Fauci, demanding answers on the research.
The NIH made 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 well-being …”
FAUCI UNDER FIRE OVER REPORT ALLEGING NIAID SPENT $ 400,000 ON RESEARCH INFECTING DOGS WITH PARASITES
The images of beagles were taken from a manuscript published in July 2021 in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The manuscript incorrectly cited support from NIAID, when in fact NIAID did not support this specific research. shown in images of circulating beagles… Research described by the White Coat Waste Project at the University of Georgia focuses on lymphatic filariasis (LF), a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes that affects millions of people in many country of the world.
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“Concerns have also been expressed regarding work involving beagles under an NIAID contract for preclinical pharmacology and toxicology services. As part of this contract, the contractor performs the tests required on animal models by the FDA, in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines and a facility accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) or its equivalent. Vocal cordectomies, performed humane under anesthesia, can be used in research facilities where large numbers of dogs are present. This is to reduce noise, which is not the case. not only stressful for animals, but can also reach decibel levels that exceed OSHA allowable limits for humans and can cause hearing loss. “
Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.