Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has recently canceled plans for another round of medical experiments on dogs funded by taxpayers. The abrupt termination appears to conflict with the findings of multiple fact-checkers who were previously enthusiastic about soft-pedaling similar experiments reported last year.
The Federalist reported on Thursday that fact-checking outlets Snopes, FactCheck.org, and PolitiFact all offered cover for Fauci regarding his involvement in the grisly animal experiments. They all gave the same statement about the story, finding that animals used in taxpayer-funded federal government experiments are protected by laws and policies to ensure “the greatest commitment to their welfare.”
Each fact-checking outlet also said that although Fauci is the director of NIAID, he did not personally act to fund the experiments.
Reporting on the dog experiments indicated that they involved feeding puppies experimental drugs, injecting cocaine into dogs, and cutting their vocal cords so they could not bark while being abused.
A series of five additional sets of experiments on dogs have now been canceled according to a letter sent by Fauci last month. Those experiments were reportedly originally scheduled for testing a new allergy medication for hay fever. The tests were not required by the Food and Drug Administration.
Medical experts told reporters that at least some of the medical experiments can be conducted on guinea pigs rather than domesticated dogs. The experiments would have cost federal taxpayers more than $1.8 million.
The latest experiments were exposed by the White Coat Waste Project, a watchdog group that says its mission is to end taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs, monkeys, cats, and other animals.
Following the White Coat Waste Project’s report, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote to the NIAID demanding information about the proposed experiments and observing that they appeared to be unnecessary and “invasive, painful, and potentially deadly.” She also noted that the agency’s contractor had proposed an alternative method that did not require testing on dogs.
Fauci responded by writing that after NIAID consulted further with the Food and Drug Administration, the contractor engaged to conduct the testing decided to use “two rodent models only.” He confirmed that the contract would not proceed “utilizing the canine model.”
Facui also claimed in his letter to Ernst that he wanted to assure her “that NIH and NIAID take the welfare of animals in research very seriously.”