Dr. Anthony Fauci should face charges if his National Institutes of Health division continues to fund a lab in Tunisia that allegedly tortures and kills dozens of beagle puppies for twisted scientific experiments, a rescue organization said.
In a letter Wednesday to Fauci, the Beagle Freedom Project demanded that he and the agency stop funding the “cruel” tests in which the dogs are allegedly injected with disease-causing parasites, TMZ reported.
“Bearing witness to what you and your organization does to these animals is
nothing short of criminal. It is time to end it, and now the world is watching,” president and founder Shannon Keith wrote.
“If it does not end immediately, Beagle Freedom Project will make sure it becomes criminal and those who perpetrate it will be punished by law.”
She cited the FDA Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill that was introduced to end an outdated mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals.
“If science and wasteful taxpayer spending are not enough to convince you, perhaps legal changes will,” she wrote.
A bombshell report from the watchdog group White Coat Waste Project claimed that the agency spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests on 44 beagle puppies.
Keith slammed the experiments, which allegedly also involve locking the dogs in cages with hungry sandflies so that the insects could eat them alive, as “unethical.”
“Dr. Fauci, the evidence is clear: animal testing is outdated, flawed, cruel, unethical and harmful to both animals and humans,” she said.
“We demand that you cease the use of animals in research, end funding to those using animals, and release those animals who are currently in laboratories to Beagle Freedom Project, the leader of rehabilitating and rehoming animals used in research.”