PETA Told Fauci ‘Leave Now,’ and He’s Stepping Down Two Years Ahead of Schedule

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2022

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the following statement from PETA Vice President Dr. Alka Chandna regarding Dr. Anthony Fauci’s decision to step down in December rather than when President Joe Biden’s first term ends:

PETA’s wish has come true on the heels of its 42nd anniversary. Anthony Fauci is stepping down this December following our relentless public and private pressure, rather than waiting for the end of President Joe Biden’s first term, as he had announced earlier. Fauci is now the second dinosaur, after former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, to announce his departure following PETA protests. Under Fauci’s direction, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has harmed and killed millions of animals including tens of thousands of monkeys in failed AIDS experiments (which haven’t produced a single vaccine to prevent HIV) and dogs who have been subjected to outrageously cruel and pointless poisoning tests. In PETA’s words, “Neither Fauci nor Collins has met an animal they wouldn’t experiment on,” and Fauci’s departure will hopefully make way immediately for a forward-thinking NIH leader who will implement state-of-the-art, human-relevant research methods that don’t use animals, such as those described in PETA scientists’ groundbreaking Research Modernization Deal.

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