Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis tore into Dr. Anthony Fauci during remarks on Monday in response to startling revelations that Fauci was responsible for puppies being tortured to death for experimental purposes.
Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President.
Fox News originally reported, “A report from the White Coat Waste Project that was based off a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease found that more than $400,000 in taxpayer money was spent on canine experiments during which beagles were infected with parasites via biting flies.”
DeSantis’ dismantling of Fauci came while he also brought attention to the latest revelations on gain of function research that was being conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“And then come to find out, what else is Fauci and NIH doing?” DeSantis said. “They’re doing cruel experiments on puppies. What they were doing with those puppies, is flat-out disgusting. It’s despicable, that needs to stop. I cannot believe American tax dollars would go to treat those dogs the way those dogs are be[ing] treated. And, you know, I really think Fauci needs to be held accountable.”
“These people, these bureaucrats, they don’t get to just run wild and do whatever the hell they want to with our tax dollars,” DeSantis continued.
“And so from funding gain of function research, to treating these puppies with really unimaginable cruelty, I think that whole lot of them need to be cleaned out and we need to be standing up for the American taxpayer and doing things ethically and not doing things like gain of function research and certainly not abusing puppies.”
DeSantis tweeted out the video clip, adding, “NIH not only funded dangerous gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but it also funded cruel experiments on puppies. Where is the accountability?”
On Sunday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Republican Rep. Nancy Mace called on Fauci to answer for a report that the NIH funded experiments on dozens of beagle puppies in a lab in Tunisia, North Africa. The report, released by the investigative group White Coat Waste Project, alleges that scientists infected 44 puppies with disease-causing parasites for experimental drug testing.
The lawmakers’ letter describes the research as “costly, cruel, and unnecessary.”
The letter continues:
“According to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, and subsequent media coverage, from October 2018 until February 2019, NIAID spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests involving 44 beagle puppies. The dogs were all between six and eight months old. The commissioned tests involved injecting and force-feeding the puppies an experimental drug for several weeks, before killing and dissecting them.
Of particular concern is the fact that the invoice to NIAID included a line item for “cordectomy.” As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as “devocalization,” involves slitting a dog’s vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying. This cruel procedure — which is opposed with rare exceptions by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and others — seems to have been performed so that experimenters would not have to listen to the pained cries of the beagle puppies. This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”
Author: Ryan Blint