Plans for extra taxpayer-funded experiments on canines commissioned by Anthony Fauci’s division of the NIH have not too long ago been canceled, which is fairly damning for the fact-checkers who tried to cowl for Fauci by downplaying comparable experiments introduced into the highlight final summer time.
Along with Snopes, FactCheck.org, and PolitiFact all parroting the identical assertion from Fauci’s Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments — “Animals utilized in federally-funded analysis are protected by legal guidelines, laws, and insurance policies to make sure the smallest potential variety of topics and the best dedication to their welfare” — the fact-checkers additionally tried to distance Fauci from the experiments. Whereas he’s the director of the NIAID, they mentioned, he didn’t personally fund these experiments, which reportedly included feeding experimental medicine to puppies, injecting canines with cocaine, and chopping out their vocal cords in order that they couldn’t bark in the course of the abuse.
However after pushback, 5 extra beagle experiments have been canceled, as confirmed in a letter Fauci reportedly despatched late final month, indicating that the media fact-checkers’ “nothing to see right here” angle was all an obstruction. Although the “fact-checking” media tried to distance a flailing Fauci — whose credibility had been utterly shattered by his abysmal Covid response — from the unethical experiments on canines, the fact is that as chief of the NIAID, Fauci is in the end accountable for funding choices.
The newest 5 exams, reportedly for a brand new allergy medicine for hay fever — or, because the White Coat Waste Challenge put it, a “runny nostril” — weren’t required by the Meals and Drug Administration, and a minimum of one of many exams might have been completed on guinea pigs. Moreover subjecting puppies as younger as six months outdated to pointless medical experiments, the exams would have price taxpayers greater than $1.8 million.
After the White Coat Waste Challenge uncovered the deliberate experiments, Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst despatched a letter to Fauci’s NIAID requesting particulars concerning the proposed exams and saying the “invasive, painful, and probably lethal procedures” gave the impression to be pointless. “NIAID’s contractor proposed another, non-dog animal mannequin to interchange canines for a minimum of some testing,” Ernst mentioned, including that the FDA said it “doesn’t mandate that human medicine be studied in canines.”
Fauci responded in a letter on June 22 saying that “after session with the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, the corporate [commissioned to conduct the tests] elected to proceed utilizing two rodent fashions solely,” including, “No experiments using the canine mannequin are being performed below this contract.”
“I wish to guarantee you that NIH and NIAID take the welfare of animals in analysis very critically,” Fauci claimed within the letter. Can we get a fact-check on that?
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