California Beagle Freedom Project Responds to Whistleblower Report on NIAID’s Alleged Puppy Testing

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After 24 lawmakers sent a missive to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci past week demanding answers astir alleged “cruel” puppy investigating carried retired by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the California-based Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) told The Epoch Times these kinds of tests are “the industry’s soiled small secret.”

“They bash a precise bully occupation hiding each of america from the nationalist and it’s devastating erstwhile radical bash find retired that dogs and cats conscionable similar the ones we stock our homes with are being tortured similar this,” BFP President and Founder Shannon Keith said.

Documents (pdf) obtained by a watchdog radical against authorities carnal testing, White Coat Waste Project, recovered that betwixt October 2018 and February 2019 the NIAID spent $1.68 cardinal successful payer funds connected carnal experimentation astatine California-based probe halfway SRI International. The NIAID is led by Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has not yet commented connected the report.

According to the findings, researchers injected and force-fed 44 beagle puppies betwixt six and 8 months aged with an experimental cause for respective weeks, earlier sidesplitting and dissecting them. Mice were besides utilized for different tests.

Keith said Northern and Southern California are hotspots for beagle investigating and that labs “don’t privation to merchandise animals due to the fact that that means that radical cognize that dogs and cats are being tested on.” She said BRP has assisted successful rescuing 3,000 animals being utilized for investigating crossed the world. She’s rescued beagles from SRI International previously, too.

One of the invoices to the NIAID included “cordectomy,” oregon “devocalization,” which involves splitting of the dogs’ vocal cords truthful the experimenters would not person to perceive to the puppies bark oregon cry.

The NIAID responded to The Epoch Times’ petition for remark successful a erstwhile interrogation and said “there … are concerns raised astir enactment involving beagles nether an NIAID declaration for preclinical pharmacology and toxicology services.”

“Under this contract, the contractor conducts investigating arsenic required successful carnal models by the FDA, successful compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines and successful a installation accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) oregon its equivalent.

“Vocal cordectomies, conducted humanely nether anesthesia, whitethorn beryllium utilized successful probe facilities wherever galore dogs are present. This is to trim noise, which is not lone stressful to the animals but tin besides scope decibel levels that transcend OSHA allowable limits for radical and tin pb to proceeding loss.”

The White Coat Waste Project said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require cause investigating connected dogs for quality medicine, truthful lawmakers are seeking answers from the NIAID connected wherefore specified experiments are necessary.

SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, has been nether dense scrutiny from activists successful erstwhile years for conducting tests connected beagles. In 2014, the institute, located successful Menlo Park, was inspected by USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and documented to person utilized a full of 21 dogs for investigating that year.

According to its website, SRI International is simply a “75-year pioneering probe institute with a affluent past supporting authorities and industry.” The CEO, William Jeffrey, was formerly portion of the George W. Bush Administration arsenic manager of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and joined the halfway successful 2014.

“SRI is decidedly complicit,” Keith said. “They person a batch of animals successful their laboratory including a batch of beagles.”

Why beagles? Because they are “docile and forgiving,” a laboratory worker told Keith aft beagles were released from testing.

“They won’t combat backmost erstwhile you’re investigating connected them, they don’t wound you, and they forgive you adjacent clip you travel implicit to their cage. She besides said they’re the close size for being successful cages.”

Other California representatives are besides taking steps to artifact akin carnal treatment. Keith said her enactment helped walk AB 1282, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, which banned the usage of closed colony humor banks and seeks to resoluteness the shortage of carnal humor transfusion needed successful veterinarian centers.

“That’s gonna signifier retired adjacent colony humor slope truthful dogs volition nary longer beryllium held kept successful cages for their blood,” Keith said. “And we’re trying to rise the funds truthful that we present a national measure to extremity carnal testing, but it’s measurement by step.”

Additionally, different efforts to restrict tests connected animals the House introduced earlier this twelvemonth the FDA Modernization Act, which would “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to let manufacturers and sponsors of a cause to usage alternate investigating methods to carnal investigating to analyse the information and effectiveness of a drug, and for different purposes.”

The enactment would besides beryllium a gateway to much backing and probe toward alternate investigating based connected quality biology.

“For the astir portion now, carnal investigating is atrocious science—drugs are released connected the marketplace that proves harmless connected animals, and past they’re harming and sidesplitting radical due to the fact that their systems are wholly antithetic than ours. You can’t extrapolate the results from pig to a quality being, it conscionable does not work,” Keith said.

In its connection to The Epoch Times, NIAID said animals utilized successful NIH-funded probe are “protected by laws, regulations, and policies to guarantee the smallest imaginable fig of subjects and the top committedness to their welfare.”

Institutions receiving funds indispensable behaviour probe that involves animals successful accordance with the Public Health Service Policy connected the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the connection continued.

“The projected usage of animals successful probe is evaluated during adjacent reappraisal for some declaration and assistance proposals, and animals utilized successful probe are to beryllium provided with due anesthesia and veterinary care. The principles for what is—and is not—allowed are governed some by regulations administered by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the grantee institution’s carnal attraction and usage committee (IACUC).”

SRI International did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

Jamie Joseph


Jamie Joseph is simply a California-based newsman for The Epoch Times. She is an avid beverage drinker, foodie, and chronic scholar of thriller novels.

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