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National Police Association files FOIA complaint against NIH for concealment of documents related to Dr. Anthony Fauci researchers’ violations of federal animal cruelty law

INDIANAPOLIS, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Police Association (NPA) today announced that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint against the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for its refusal to comply with an application for registration. NPAs December 2021 The FOIA request requested all records involving financial information as well as contracts and grants with academic institutions, research organizations, government agencies, foreign entities, and other entities that have performed cordectomies on beagle dogs.

The White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit government spending watchdog, previously obtained evidence that Dr. by Anthony Fauci The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the NIH, had pledged as recently as 2017 to sever the vocal cords of beagles used in their medical experiments. A cordectomy or “debarking” is not in itself a medical experiment. Rather, it is a procedure performed so that researchers do not have to hear the cries of pain and anguish from their subjects.

In a statement emailed to MedPage Today in 2021, NIAID said “voice cordectomies, conducted humanely under anesthesia, can be used in research facilities where many dogs are present,” stating that cordectomies have continued since 2017. As of 2017, there was no federal animal cruelty law that could have prevented beagles from having their vocal cords cut. But in 2019, two years before NIAID’s email statement, the law had changed.

On November 25, 2019 President Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) which prohibits any conduct in which one or more live non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians are deliberately crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subject to serious bodily injury. Medical experiments are exempt from the law, but cutting beagles’ vocal cords so that their cries cannot be heard is not a medical experiment. Even before the criminal law was passed, the practice had been condemned by the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Humane Society, among others. The penalty for breaking the law may include a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.

“The NIH has been hiding the requested documents for nearly a year in violation of FOIA law. That’s the literal definition of a cover-up,” said National Police Association spokesman Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith (Ret). “The illegal cover-up of Fauci researchers’ actions strongly indicates that they have something to hide.

The NPA lawsuit can be viewed here:

The National Police Association is represented by C. Pierre Sorenson of the law firm Sorenson.

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