NIH, Put Up or Shut Up About Fauci Dog Experiment Claims, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding claims from the National Institutes of Health that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s agency did not fund a study that sedated beagles and let them get eaten alive by flies.

NIH’s denial that Fauci’s agency funded the beagle atrocity is a little too convenient. NIH made the same argument after PETA exposed an NIH-funded experiment in China in which experimenters blasted monkeys with 100-decibel sound for 12 hours, withheld water and food, sprayed them with cold water, exposed them to strobe lighting for 12 hours, and electro-shocked their feet. The published study—like the one on the beagle experiments—clearly listed NIH as the funder. Then, as now, NIH called it a mistake. Is rewriting history the new defense against complicity in torture? PETA calls on NIH to release the original, unredacted grant document on the beagle experiments to verify its claim.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on its newsgathering and reporting, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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