DR Anthony Fauci is coming under fire once more after the National Institute of Health was accused of spending $1.2million on beagles to use for medical experiments.
Peta has accused the NIH and other labs of purchasing 5,000 beagle dogs and puppies over the past decade from Virginia-based supplier Envigo for experiments where the dogs were allegedly confined and some tortured.
It also accused Envigo of running a "puppy mill" where dogs were abused in conditions so bad that some of them died.
An investigator from Peta claimed to have found 360 dogs dead, according to Fox News.
Peta senior vice president of cruelty investigations Daphna Nachminovitch told Fox Envigo has been cited by the Department of Agriculture for the "hideous" conditions in the warehouses.
"They have been cited … for direct and critical violations," she said.
"For failure to provide basic necessities of life to these nursing mother dogs and their puppies, keeping animals in temperatures as high as 92 degrees without air conditioning, plunging needles into the heads of puppies to drain hematomas … and so much more."
Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that 300 puppies died of "unknown causes" at the facility.
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Peta has claimed that Envigo keeps 5,000 beagles at the location and breeds around 500 puppies per month to sell for experimentation.
Nachminovitch blasted the NIH and claimed that tax-payer dollars are being used to perform "cruel experiments that are useless" on the dogs.
She claimed that the NIH generally spends about $19.6 billion a year on animal experimentation.
It was alleged that the NIH awarded contracts to Envigo to provide live dogs as recently as September 2020, the New York Post reported.
The activist added that beagles are chosen as they are "gentle, loyal dogs."
"Unfortunately, they are so submissive that they’re easy to torture without posing a public safety risk to their abusers."
Fauci has previously come under fire as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was accused of purchasing beagles for testing.
He is the director of the NIAID as well as the White House's chief medical advisor.
Envigo had not yet returned a request for comment from The US Sun.
In a statement to The Washington Post this week it said that it is working with the USDA to correct the issues at the Virginia mill.
“The highest quality of animal welfare is a core value of our company," it said, adding that animal experimentation is “essential” in developing medicines, vaccines, and other medical devices.
NIH had also not yet responded to a request for comment.
It confirmed to the Washington Post that it had purchased dogs from the Envigo facility.
However it said that these purchases were made “in the past, but no future purchases are planned.”
'LOCKED IN CAGES'
In October, the non-profit organization White Coat Waste Project accused Fauci of funding a project that had beagles infected with disease-causing parasites in order to test an experimental drug.
It claimed the beagle puppies were locked in cages with hungry sandflies that would eat them alive.
The Hill reports that a bipartisan group of 24 House Representatives has written a letter demanding that Fauci answer to the claims by the nonprofit.
The organization claims that as many as 44 beagle puppies were used as part of the cruel experiment in a Tunisia laboratory. Envigo was not involved in this project.
Some of the dogs allegedly had their vocal cords removed to muzzle their barking.
"Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH 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 sandflies so that the insects could eat them alive," White Coat Waste told The Hill.
"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," they added.
The NIAID spent directed $1.68million in taxpayer money on these experiments, according to documents obtained by the non-profit.
'VOCAL CORDS CUT'
While the NIH said that they did do leishmaniasis research on dogs in a laboratory in 2016, and in an enclosed open space in Tunisia, they admitted that the photos in question were from a manuscript that mistakenly cited support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The manuscript, entitled PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, was first published in July 2021.
NIH did confirm, however, that some of the beagles had their vocal cords cut, insisting that the practice was common in scientific settings to reduce noise levels.
Peta has also publicly called on Fauci to resign.
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