“Held Accountable” Governor DeSantis Goes After Fauci

It was recently reported by ConservativeBrief that the pressure is coming for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be ‘”held accountable” after some disturbing reports surfaced about experiments on helpless puppies that were, in part, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday called on Dr. Fauci to be fired after reports of the terrifying experiments that resulted in the deaths of beagle puppies, Florida Politics reported.

“They’re doing cruel experiments on puppies,” he said. “What they were doing with those puppies is flat out disgusting. It’s despicable. I cannot believe American tax dollars would go to treat those dogs the way those dogs are being treated.”

DeSantis also blasted Fauci over new documents showing an NIH grant funded bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The gain-of-function research involves enhancing a virus to predict possible future pandemics.

“We’ve got to shut that down,” DeSantis said. “You can’t have mad scientists running around playing God like this.”

“I really think Fauci needs to be held accountable,” he said. “These people, these bureaucrats, they don’t get to just run wild and do whatever the hell they want to with our tax dollars.”

But he was not the only elected official to demand answers about the experiments. On Sunday a group of Congress members, both Republicans and Democrats, demanded Fauci answer their questions about the experiments and the NIH’s role.

It was further reported stated in a press release put out by the office of Congresswoman Nancy Mace:

We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

According to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, and subsequent media coverage, from October 2018 until February 2019, NIAID spent $1.68 million in taxpayer funds on drug tests involving 44 beagle puppies. The dogs were all between six and eight months old. The commissioned tests involved injecting and force-feeding the puppies an experimental drug for several weeks, before killing and dissecting them.

Of particular concern is the fact that the invoice to NIAID included a line item for “cordectomy.” As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as “devocalization,” involves slitting a dog’s vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying. This cruel procedure — which is opposed with rare exceptions by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association,and others —seems to have been performed so that experimenters would not have to listen to the pained cries of the beagle puppies. This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.

While documents state that the ostensible purpose of this study was “to provide data of suitable quality and integrity to support application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies,” the FDA itself has recently stated that it “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs.”  This is apparently not the first time that NIAID has commissioned drug tests on dogs in recent years

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