People for Ethical Treatment of Animals stated that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health’s chief executive officer, should be resigned.
“Our position has been established. PETA sent a tweet Friday afternoon stating that all those at NIH’s leadership, Fauci included, must resign.
This tweet follows a White Coat Waste Report that claimed more than $400,000 was spent by taxpayers on research that included beagles receiving an experimental drug and then being infested in disease-carrying insects. Fox News is not able to verify that these experiments were conducted. Fox News was provided with a statement by the NIH regarding October’s report. The statement was not denial that such experiments occurred or that NIH funds them.
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Kathy Guillermo is PETA’s senior vice president of laboratory investigations. She told Fox News Dr. Fauci “defended an archaic, cruel system for too long.”
“Anthony Fauci, and all the NIH Directors have defended a cruel system that is archaic for too long. It’s time for them to get out of the way and let modern scientists take over,” Guillermo said. They’ve known for at least a decade that torturing dogs, monkeys and other animals is delaying treatments and cures for humans, but they continually defend the status quo—at the cost of millions of animal lives and billions of tax dollars. PETA is urging all Americans that President Biden appoint NIH heads who recognize the need to replace laboratory animals with organs on a chip, super computers and 3-D tissue model research.
Many Democrats and Republicans were also inspired by the report, such as Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., to write a letter asking Dr. Fauci for clarifications about their research.
Fox News received the following statement from the NIH in October about the report:
All animals involved in NIH funded research are protected under laws and regulations. These policies aim to reduce the number of subject and ensure their well-being. It is. ”
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The images of the beagles are taken from an article published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases in July 2021. In error, the manuscript cited support from NIAID when it was not. The images of beagles circulated by NIAID were actually not supported by that research. . . The University of Georgia’s White Coat Waste Project describes research on Lymphatic filariasis, a malaria-transmitted parasitic infection that can affect millions of people around the globe.
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Concerns have been raised regarding work involving beagles as part of NIAID’s preclinical pharmacology or toxicology services contract. The contract requires that the contractor performs animal testing in conformity with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines and at a facility approved by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. In research areas with many dogs, vocal cordectomies can be performed humanely and under anesthesia. The purpose of this is to lessen noise. Noise can be stressful for the animals and cause hearing loss.
Andrew Mark Miller from Fox News contributed to the report.