White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci is receiving heat from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals due to reports of abuse of animals by the Fauci-led National Institute of Health.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), has been targeted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) due to alleged experiments involving beagles.
- Public records, reported by The Poynter Institute, outlined the National Institute of Health’s use of the small dogs for a number of seemingly gruesome experiments.
- Fauci, who serves as the White House Chief Medical Adviser, was harshly criticized by PETA following the reports.
- The Washington Examiner reports that PETA has now unveiled a mosaic portrait of Fauci, made up of tiny pixel-like photos of monkeys and beagles in cages.
- The artwork was unveiled on Thursday and made up of photos of animals who were caged and brutalized through scientific testing.
WHAT PETA SAID:
- “No one likes Anthony Fauci more than Anthony Fauci,” said PETA in their statement cited by the Examiner.
- “If Anthony Fauci is going to surround himself with images of himself, they may as well be accurate,” said PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo, in a statement to Secrets.
- “Fauci has overseen the torment and death of countless animals in colossally ridiculous, wasteful experiments that help no one but kill animals by the score. He should be reminded of that constantly,” she added.
- Concern over the treatment of beagles came to light after a report from The White Coat Waste Project where they pointed to the use of beagles who were being tested including using cocaine.
- PETA, largely thought of as being a left-leaning organization, has been pushing an alternative to live animal testing outside of the traditional methods used by the NIH.
- Republicans and Democrats alike were appalled by the news with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeting about Fauci and the NIAID “torturing puppies,” while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called it “disgusting” and former first son Donald Trump Jr. started advertising merchandise calling Fauci a “puppy killer.”