THE HILL – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading a Senate effort to press Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about allegations of cruel experimentation on beagle puppies.
As Changing America previously reported, a bipartisan letter was previously signed by 23 House Reps. led by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and sent to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the funding of tests on dozens of beagles.
Similarly, Paul and five other Republican Sens., Roger Marshall, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Braun, and Susan Collins, sent a letter to Fauci, White Coat Waste Project told Changing America.
The letter said:
“We write to express deep concern about recent reports of inhumane experiments on beagle puppies conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) at a cost to taxpayers of $1.68 million.”
“Even more troubling, this testing appears to have been elective on the part of NIAID, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it ‘does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.'”
In response to the widespread condemnation, the NIAID told Changing America that its standards on animal testing are high: peered reviewed and ensured by those with veterinary skills.
The NIAID told Changing America in an email…
“All animals used in NIH-funded research are protected by laws, regulations, and policies to ensure the smallest possible number of subjects and the greatest commitment to their welfare.
“Institutions receiving funds, including those in other countries, must conduct research that involves animals in accordance with the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
“The proposed use of animals in research is evaluated during peer review for both contract and grant proposals, and animals used in research are to be provided with appropriate anesthesia and veterinary care … “