The White Coat Waste Project has filed two new lawsuits in federal court against Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for refusing to turn over documents about the agency’s experiments on dogs and monkeys.
White Coat Waste Project is a taxpayer watchdog organization that has been working to expose NIAID’s use of American tax dollars to conduct and fund some of the most painful animal experiments in the entire federal government.
Though required by federal law, NIAID has refused to provide WCW with internal records and documents about animal testing that the organization requested through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
“We’re taking Dr. Fauci to court because a growing majority of taxpayers oppose government animal tests and they have a right to know how Fauci and NIAID’s white coats are abusing puppies and primates in wasteful experiments with their hard-earned money,” White Coat Waste’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy Justin Goodman told Timcast.
“Our viral #BeagleGate campaign first exposed how Fauci recently wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary and barbaric tests in the US and abroad where puppies were infested with hundreds of biting flies and ticks, force-fed experimental drugs, and even had their vocal cords cut out so they can’t cry out in the lab,” Goodman continued. “We were also the first to uncover Fauci’s maximum pain experiments on primates, and the secretive taxpayer-funded Monkey Island where NIAID keeps thousands of monkeys destined for deadly experiments. Our new lawsuit will expose Fauci’s secret spending on wasteful, widely-opposed animal tests so that we can stop the money and stop the madness!”
As Timcast has previously reported, though animal testing, specifically on primates, is up — not a single federal primate lab was closed by an establishment animal rights group during either the Trump or Biden administrations. White Coat Waste, which focuses on taxpayer spending, closed down three.
A WCW campaign that began in late 2016 ended the FDA’s $5.5 million baby monkey nicotine addiction labs and led to all the monkeys being retired to a primate sanctuary. They additionally prompted the FDA to create a first-ever retirement policy for all lab experimentation survivors.
Next, WCW worked with Congress to include historic language in annual FDA spending bills, including this year’s, directing the agency to reduce its use of primates in experiments and retire the survivors to sanctuaries.
White Coat Waste is asking for people to urge members of Congress to support the bipartisan Protecting Dogs Subjected to Experiments Act (H.R. 8699) to defund all of the NIH’s dog testing.