Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing a demand from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to divulge information regarding the alleged use of an experimental drug on puppies.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers sent a letter Friday to President Joe Biden and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases requesting that they share information regarding the alleged infection of 44 beagle puppies with parasites in order to test an experimental drug on them, the Hill reported.
"We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary tax-payer funded experiments on dogs commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases," said the letter, signed by Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace and 23 other lawmakers.
The letter continues on to state that according to invoices obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, cordectomies were performed on six- to eight-month-old dogs.
"As you are likely aware, a cordectomy, also known as 'devocalization,' involves splitting a dog's vocal cords in order to prevent them from barking, howling, or crying," the letter points out, explaining that this type of procedure is opposed by organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
The letter comes following several accusations from the White Coat Waste Project that Fauci and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases allegedly used taxpayer money to fund a "wasteful and brutal" experiment on the beagles via laboratories in Africa, California, Georgia, and Maryland.
Mace and Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experiments and Research (AFTER) Act on Sept. 14, which directs federal agencies "to develop and maintain" policies geared toward allowing animals no longer needed for research to be adopted or retired, according to a press release from Boyle's office.
The letter continues on to request answers on how many drug tests have been performed on dogs since the beginning of 2018, the exact amount of taxpayer money being spent on these experiments, and the reasoning behind using procedures such as cordectomies, especially given that they are "medically unnecessary," among other questions.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Rep. Nancy Mace's office and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for comment but did not immediately receive a response.