PETA on Fauci Retirement Musings: Leave Now - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
PETA on Fauci Retirement Musings: Leave Now
Anthony Fauci at Fogarty International Center in Bethesda, Maryland, May 1, 2018 (Andrew Propp for Fogarty/NIH/Wikimedia Commons)

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had a pointed reaction to the news of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s purported plan to retire at the end of President Joe Biden’s term: not soon enough.

In a wide-ranging interview with Politico on Monday, Fauci said he would not be sticking around until COVID was dealt with because “I will be 105” in such a scenario, a concession that the virus has become endemic. Politico described the statement as a “startling admission.”

Many in the GOP have been critical of Fauci’s leadership and policies during the pandemic. Republicans have pledged to investigate him should they retake Congress in the midterms, specifically in relation to the origins of COVID-19 and federal mask and vaccination policies. Fauci dismissed Republican critics as ignorant of “science,” saying, “My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices … what are you going to investigate about that?”

But Fauci’s critics are evidently not restricted to conservative Republicans. In a statement emailed to The American Spectator by PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo, the organization said:

PETA welcomes Anthony Fauci’s retirement announcement, but we have a suggestion: Leave now. Under his direction, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has harmed millions of animals, including tens of thousands of monkeys in failed AIDS experiments that have not produced a marketable vaccine to prevent HIV and dogs who have been subjected to hideous experiments.

PETA is not a conservative organization. It has criticized socialist ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s for using cow milk in its products and suggested it use human milk instead. The organization objects to the word “pet” because it views it as “speciest language,” and it hopes to eventually end pet ownership because it is apparently akin to slavery. They also encourage dog and cat owners to feed their pets vegan diets. In short, they’ve embraced a lot of extreme and crazy positions.

Many of the animal experiments the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has engaged in do seem to suffer from questionable ethics, though. Most infamously, there have been several instances where dogs were exposed to flesh eating sandflies, which predictably resulted in their flesh being eaten. In February, a congressional probe into the National Institute of Health (NIH) opened over allegations that the National Institute on Drug Abuse was conducting experiments in which beagle puppies were injected with cocaine. In July, the NIH backtracked on using puppies in an experimental drug trial after the Washington Free Beacon published a story on the issue and Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst sent a letter demanding answers.

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