Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., and several of her Republican colleagues signed a letter that demands an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s “barbaric, taxpayer-funded, government-led experimentations on animals—specifically puppies,” The Daily Caller reported.
“As I’ve started to dig into this issue, the more I learn, the worse it gets,” Mace said, according to a press release.
“The House Oversight Committee should explore what research is legitimate and what is not,” she said, “and ensure taxpayer money is not used to support inhumane and cruel experiments on puppies and other animals.”
Mace discussed the scandal on TMZ.
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) November 1, 2021
The White Coat Waste Project, a taxpayer watchdog group, revealed that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci directs, spent $1.68 million on experiments in which scientists tortured and killed dozens of beagle puppies.
The organization praised Mace for “outstanding leadership to hold the NIH accountable for this government waste and animal abuse.”
“De-barking beagles, poisoning puppies and infesting dogs with flies and ticks in gruesome experiments with our tax dollars is a national disgrace that’s uniting Americans,” WCWP said.
The National Institutes of Health—the parent agency of Fauci’s NIAID—said the experiments “provide data of suitable quality and integrity to support application to the U.S Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies.”
The FDA said that it “does not mandate that human drugs be studied in dogs,” The Daily Caller reported.
Mace sent the letter to Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“I ask Chairwoman Maloney to call a full hearing to investigate and study whether the limited benefits of experiments on dogs is justified, especially where taxpayer money is being used,” Mace wrote.
Eight House Republicans signed Mace’s letter.