Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, rejected that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, had funded cruel experiments on puppies and demands that he be held accountable for them.
“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 said.
“NIH not only funded dangerous gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but it also funded cruel experiments on puppies. Where is the accountability?” wrote DeSantis in the tweet to which he attached part of his address on the case.
The investigation involved force-feeding experimental drugs to 44 beagle puppies, aged 6 to 8 months, who were then euthanized and dissected to determine the possible effects.
Their vocal cords were previously cut to prevent their barking from being heard.
In another case, they were locked in cages and exposed to sandflies to bite and inoculate them with parasites, unable to defend themselves, Florida Politics reported Oct. 25. The grant was for about $376,000.
The experiments struck a strong chord with many citizens and netizens expressed in their messages.
“What kind of beast removes a dog’s vocal chords so he doesn’t have to hear them scream in terror? Horrific!” author Michael von Irvin expressed this on his Twitter account.
Before DeSantis, several lawmakers also denounced the research in a letter to the NIH, calling it “cruel” and “unnecessary.”
Among the signatories were several of Florida’s congressional delegation members who signed the letter, including Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast, Scott Franklin, and Daniel Webster.
For his part, a vice president of the WCW Project, Justin Goodman, felt that science was not being followed in these types of experiments, adding that the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] reportedly said that tests on canines are not always compatible with human-drug interactions, according to Fox News.
Dr. Fauci has been widely criticized for controversial experiments such as the so-called gain-of-function experiments, which he funded at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, and which are blamed for involvement in the origin of the Covid pandemic.
DeSantis also referred to this research, saying, “We’ve got to shut that down. You can’t have mad scientists running around playing God like this.”
He added: “I really think Fauci needs to be held accountable. These people, these bureaucrats, they don’t get to just run wild and do whatever the hell they want to with our tax dollars,” according to Florida Politics.
Likewise, EIB network host Buck Sexton expressed similar concepts to DeSantis about the controversial Fauci-funded experiments.
“Fauci has completely disabused us all of the lab leak theory,” he said, adding, “He’s so full of it. He’s such a little lab coat tyrant.”
He added: “When you add all this together, you say, what are all these federal health bureaucrats doing? Do they have any accountability, and how can Anthony Fauci now say ‘no person of good faith effectively believes the lab leak theory anymore?”