Twenty-three lawmakers have demanded justification from the National Institutes of Health for their canine experiments, which they deem “cruel” and “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday, asking why the NIH spent nearly $1.7 million worth of taxpayer dollars on drug tests involving 44 six-to-eight-month-old beagle puppies. The letter states this isn’t the first time the agency funded drug research on dogs and that they reportedly spent more than $400,000 studying flies infecting beagles with parasites.
“Under the NIH, where they are abusing with taxpayer dollars experiments on beagles. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the experiments done on animals and dogs and this one in particular with beagles, where their vocal chords are cut out and they are silenced when they are going through this abuse and drug testing,” explained Mace.