(RoyalPatriot.com )- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the senior medical adviser to the White House and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will not employ dogs as test subjects in the future. Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) letter to Fauci questioning the use of taxpayer money for animal research, as well as the work of the White Coat Waste Project (WCW), were both taken into cons andhen making the decision.
WCW disclosed the NIAID’s torturous canine experiments using records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, some of which involved injecting puppies with cocaine.
Sen. Ernst detailed “a series of tests on dogs and other animals to evaluate an experimental drug developed by a private biotechnology company to treat hay fever” in her letter to Fauci on June 2, in which she demanded answers. More recently, Fauci’s NIAID awarded a $1.8 million contract that appeared to fund additional dog experiments.
In her letter, she demanded information and said she believes that at least five separate NIAID-funded experiments on dogs, including puppies as young as six months old, are planned for this medicine and would require intrusive, unpleasant, and potentially lethal procedures. According to the FDA, human drug testing in dogs is not required.
Ernst asked if the NIAID particularly mentioned the need for dog testing with the FDA, or
if the NIAID suggested any alternatives to using dogs or other animals for experimental purposes?
No tests using the canine model are being done under this contract, according to Fauci’s statement from June 22.
Ernst said when he opted to spend taxpayer money on canine testing, Dr. Fauci was “barking up the wrong tree.” Ernst stated, “these barbaric methods have no place in our country, much less on the taxpayer’s money.”
Ernst ensured that taxpayers may now rest easy knowing that their hard-earned money is not funding dog mistreatment thanks to our concerns and exposure to these despicable techniques.
Devin Murphy, the White Coat Waste Project’s manager of public policy and communications, likewise praised the “decisive victory”:
Murphy said it sends a message to the federal government’s large spenders: taxpayers shouldn’t be made to foot the bill for expensive, pointless, and brutal animal studies. Members of Congress from both parties and citizens from all walks of life were appalled when WCW’s #BeagleGate investigation first revealed the NIAID’s cruel beagle tests, and understandably so.
Sen. Ernst has shown an extraordinary commitment to governmental openness and the prudent management of tax resources, and taxpayers and animal lovers in Iowa and throughout the country appreciate this.