Watchdog files FOIA lawsuit against NIH over alleged funding of beagle experiments
- July 6, 2022
Natalia Mittelstadt, Just the News
Federal watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust announced Wednesday that it has filed a transparency lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health regarding whether the agency provided funding for the “cruel” experiments on beagle puppies.
The suit follow a bipartisan group of Congress members last fall asking National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci about the matter.
The study, which taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project claimed to have discovered, allegedly involved removing the vocal cords of some of the dogs to prevent them from barking as they were drugged and their heads locked “in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive.”
“Trust is by far the most precious commodity that health care officials possess,” said PPT Director Michael Chamberlain. “But, through incidents such as this, our health care leadership has squandered the trust of the American public. Refusing to provide records about this research, which elected officials on both sides of the aisle have condemned, is another big step in the wrong direction.”