CASE STUDY: How WCW Exposed the Role of Anthony Fauci in Funding Abusive Animal Experiments

Posted by Amanda Nieves


Originally published October 27, 2021 and updated October 28, 2021 by The Epoch Times

How a Watchdog Group Exposed the Role of Anthony Fauci in Funding Abusive Animal Experiments

7 Labs, 1 Scandal: Read how we exposed each investigation in our comprehensive timeline.

Americans have been horrified to learn about sadistic experiments on dogs funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), directed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

A group called the White Coat Waste Project, which is devoted to exposing and ending wasteful government spending on animal experimentation, reported that a lab in Tunisia conducted NIAID-funded experiments in which beagles were eaten alive by sandflies.

The hashtags #FireFauci and #FauciLiedDogsDied, dominated Twitter, and 24 lawmakers from both parties issued a letter calling for an immediate investigation.

As thousands marked their dogs “safe from Anthony Fauci” on social media, it seems that Fauci, known to be adroit in handling the press, has a public relations disaster on his hands. In addition, this publicity has shone a spotlight on the government-funded abuse of animals.

The Epoch Times’ Celia Farber spoke with Justin Goodman, vice president of White Coat Waste Project, on Oct. 25 about the organization’s role in exposing the scandal in Tunisia and also the funding of gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

The press office of NIAID, a part of the National Institutes of Health, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Epoch Times: How long has White Coat Waste Project existed?

Justin Goodman: Our campaigns were launched in 2016. White Coat Waste was founded by our president, Anthony Bellotti, who was a Republican strategist who had worked on other defund campaigns and actually worked in an animal laboratory in his past, and was so shocked and horrified by what he saw that he made the commitment to himself to start an organization to end that problem. In 2013, he started WCWP, and in 2016, we launched our first campaigns.

EXPERIMENT #1: Bethesda, MD, 2016
WCW reveals how NIAID wasted $18,430,917 to buy beagle puppies and strap infected sand flies onto their bare skin at Fauci’s in-house lab.

The Epoch Times: What’s the latest development?

Mr. Goodman: Today, #FauciLiedDogsDied was the No. 1 trending hashtag on Twitter, so the campaign definitely caught fire again today, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have been tweeting about it. Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a speech about Fauci’s abuse of dogs earlier today. It’s really been remarkable how this has really captured the hearts and minds of people across the country, of all political persuasions.

The Epoch Times: To those who ask, “Is it fair to tie this to Anthony Fauci himself as an individual?” what do you say?

Mr. Goodman: Absolutely. If he’s going to get credit for any good that he does, he also has to accept blame for the evil he does, and that’s what’s happening with these dog experiments. He’s funded a pattern of puppy abuse with our tax dollars.

The Epoch Times: He green lights them? NIH? NIAID?

Mr. Goodman: All of these experiments are conducted under NIAID. He is certainly responsible for them, just like he’s responsible for funding the lab in Wuhan, whether he personally approved that or not.

The Epoch Times: What was your role in the Wuhan lab funding story breaking open?

Mr. Goodman: As a taxpayer watchdog group, we’re committed to finding, exposing, and defunding—we like to use the acronym FED for that—taxpayer-funded animal experiments that waste about $20 billion each year. And in 2019, we started investigating animal experimentation funded by the NIH in foreign countries.

And when the pandemic—well, prior to the pandemic—when word started to circulate that the lab in Wuhan was potentially tied to the virus, we identified that the NIH had sent a grant of $600,000 to that laboratory, specifically for experiments with coronaviruses.

So we were the first organization to connect the NIH to the lab in Wuhan that is now at the center of speculation that it may have caused the pandemic with gain-of-function experiments.

EXPERIMENT #2: University of Georgia, July 2021
WCW exposes how NIAID wasted $424,455 on an experiment in which healthy beagles are given an experimental drug, then intentionally bitten by flies.

The Epoch Times: The sadistic nature of these experiments on puppies—what do you think personally, do they enjoy inflicting pain, or do they make some rationale for the “science” of this?

Mr. Goodman: I just think that they got way too much money, and there’s a stunning lack of accountability and transparency how that money is being spent, so you have people who make careers torturing dogs, and it’s continued because Anthony Fauci has let it. The buck stops with him.

The Epoch Times: Will Fauci skate on this and just make it go away?

Mr. Goodman: I think this is the first time we have bipartisan anger directed at NIAID and Anthony Fauci, in this case for experimenting on dogs and abusing them with our tax dollars. We did polling last month that showed 70 percent of Democrats and over 60 percent of Republicans opposed these experiments and want them defunded.

And we have bipartisan members of Congress from across the spectrum who are demanding reforms as well. And when you look at other situations where there’s been controversy that he’s at the center of, it’s been pretty partisan. So the difference now is that the criticism is coming from both sides of the aisle.

EXPERIMENT #3: Tunisia, August 2021
WCW exposes how Dr. Fauci’s NIH department shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock them in cages filled with hundreds of infected sand flies. The experimenters starved the flies so they were hungry; then “the sandflies were then allowed to feed on the sedated dogs.”

The Epoch Times: How did you get all this? FOIA [Freedom of Information Act]?

Mr. Goodman: The most recent experiments we exposed that involved 6- to 8-month-old puppies having their vocal cords cut out, being debarked so they couldn’t make noise in the laboratory, and then being force-fed experimental drugs at a cost of $1.68 million dollars to taxpayers, we exposed that using the FOIA. We obtained those documents using FOIA.

The Epoch Times: When did those start to come back to you?

Mr. Goodman: We requested the documents in August 2021; we got them pretty quickly. Often, we have to sue the NIH. In this case, we didn’t have to sue them. We got the documents in September.

The Epoch Times: What were you asking for?

Mr. Goodman: We identified some suspect contracts on government-spending websites. And we asked for basically all of the protocols and documentation for any experiments on dogs connected with those contracts.

The Epoch Times: The heartbreaking photos of the dogs in mesh traps—I’ve seen that that took place in Georgia in the United States, and also I’ve seen Tunisia.

EXPERIMENT #4: October 2021
WCW exposes how NIAID wasted $1.68 million taxpayer dollars on to poison and de-bark dogs. In the tests, 44 beagle puppies between 6 and 8 months old were repeatedly injected with (or force-fed) an experimental drug for weeks, before being killed and dissected.

Mr. Goodman: There’s been a little confusion about that. We’ve exposed four different Fauci-funded dog experiments. That experiment was funded by NIAID, but it took place in Tunisia. And that photo was from a paper that was published by NIAID-funded experimenters in Tunisia who took healthy puppies, sedated them, starved sandflies, and then locked the puppies’ heads in mesh cages and released the starving flies to basically bite the dogs and essentially eat them alive.

The Epoch Times: That photograph was published in a scientific journal?

Mr. Goodman: Yes.

The Epoch Times: It seems to me that photograph itself had a huge impact. It’s crushing.

Mr. Goodman: It puts a face to the horrible abuses that are being funded by our tax dollars by Anthony Fauci’s division at the NIH. We can describe to you all day long what goes on in these laboratories, but it’s different to see two puppies with their heads locked in cages where they’re being eaten alive by flies. I mean, that’s game-changing.

So some of our investigations involve whistleblowers giving us photographs, some of our investigations involve videos and photos we get through FOIA. And sometimes in a case like this, we get lucky and the experimenters themselves publish the worst of the worst.

The Epoch Times: What has it been like for you these past few days?

Mr. Goodman: I’ve been doing this work for 16 years and have never experienced a response as overwhelming as this from the public, from the media, or from Congress. I think this is going to be a pivotal moment in the history of the effort to end animal experimentation, and it certainly feels like that to me.


Since this article was published, WCW has exposed even more wasteful, torturous experiments funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the NIH. Learn more at the links below:

EXPERIMENT #5: November 2021, Kansas State University
WCW unearthed a fifth beagle experiment, greenlit by Dr. Fauci’s NIAID. Beagle puppies are injected with a lab-made “mutant” variant of a tick-transmitted bacteria and bitten by up to 250 ticks that feast on their blood for up to a week. After 8 weeks of testing, the puppies are killed.

EXPERIMENT #6: November 2021
WCW found a sixth wasteful experiment funded by Dr. Fauci. 10 beagles were intentionally infected with 200 heartworm larvae. After the worms fed on the dogs’ hearts and lungs for six full months, the worms were saved…but the dogs were killed.

EXPERIMENT #7: May 2022
Documents WCW obtained through FOIA show that NIAID is shelling out $1.8 million+ of your money (payout: 75N93021C00044) for unnecessary and wasteful animal tests on an experimental new medicine for a runny nose and sneezing associated with allergies (technically called allergic rhinitis or hay fever). These experiments—including tests on six-month-old puppies—being planned by white coats at NIAID will likely involve force-feeding dogs mega-doses of this experimental runny nose medicine (and then killing them).

Blog Comments

Anthony Fauci should be incarcerated for the rest of his life for putting these beagles through these torturous so called experiments!


yes, we need to take his evil ass to a Judged have him spend the rest of his sick days in prison if this was anyone else torturing innocent animals for nothing, they would serve time as well i hate this freak man so much you have no idea, I have had bad thoughts about him I just never act on, he makes my skin crawl he his insane for real!!! I whoulddlike to go there to this evil lab and protest outside even it took months to release an close it down .

You’re right! How can we make that happen?

Give everyone their money back and see that the beagles are saved and put up for adoption. Stop the testing NOW.

Do the testing of the beagles on the Humane testers and do not use the dogs so the dogs do not have to be put down, only the human scientists.

I could hardly look at the sickening photos. And to think this has been going on for years with impunity. This is blatant animal abuse and Fauci should be charged as such.

This is barbaric! There should be no more testing on any animals and let all those being experimented on go free from all the hell they’ve experienced and find them good forever homes. Put that man in jail forever.

Yes I agree! It is horrific animal abuse and fauci should be held accountable.

Integrity is like an Endangered Species- so hard to find! Don’t forget-The Entire World is Watching You! Be a Leader!!

Dr. Fuchi is a cruel

Dr. Fuchs is a big hypocrite. I thought he was one of the good people who cared for animals. Obviously, I was mistaken big time!!!!

Now that wld be awesome.

Serial killers start with the torture and murder of animals.

U r rt. This is a sign of serial killing. I’ll bet u he does this in place of it. It’s still killing. And yr rt. This wld be jail time for anyone else. Yup. Fauci is favored just bc of his money. The gov went bad. So yah. Yup it did.

Those Beagles should be rescued and Dr. Fauchi put in there instead if he wants to know about sandflies they will eat him alive!😆

I agree!

I am sickened by these experiments on any animal. These people who practice such cruelty on any animal need to have the same experiments performed on themselves. There is a hell for these cruel people and they belong there.

I agree..I believe there is a hell for these cruel people!

This is terrible

Fauci should do cocaine until his heart explodes!!

To hear about these experiments sickens me – innocent animals tortured and then killed. Animals weren’t meant to be experimented on and brutalized. Animals should be respected – they have inherited this earth too and deserve to live in peace. All life is sacred.


Fauci needs to be locked up for many reasons. However, we will keep paying him a huge salary.

Tie Fauchi to a red ant hill and let them chew on him.

put this devil in an enclosed cage, tie his hands and turn the flies loose on him.

Lets dissect him after the flies eat him!!!!!!

I always thought Dr. Fauchi helped animals. I was obviously wrong – Big Time. He should be arrested for animal cruelty. What a hypocrite!!!

Prosecute him to the full extent of the law and sanction him by taking away his medical license just for starters.

I’m utterly disgusted by the experimentation Anthony Faucci has performed! The evidence of his unjust mistreatment of the beloved beagle is revolting!!!

If you all need test dummies so bad pay people to do it don’t take any of the animals that do not choose it everyone that’s in these Labs deserve to get the same treatment right back put them in from the front of the Ohio Judge see what happens absolutely pathetic absolutely disgusting and the US government is beyond there’s not going to work for it this is the only time I really feel completely disgrace to be American can’t believe they’re allowing this and as someone that owns a beagle I hope Karma gets every single one of them

If all this is true, even if just a little bit of it, and you really don’t care about animals to the point that you’ll experiment on them in cruel and unusual ways, then you don’t really care about the well being of people either. Therefore, you are then discredited in everything you say about the overall health of our society and should not be trusted. You already shouldn’t be trusted for trying to hide this truth. This makes you look like a complete liar and asshole. Why pretend to be a person with a conscience on TV when this is who you really are? It’s very disturbing & despicable of you. Anyone who hurts animals, esp in the name of science is a cruel heartless person and doesn’t deserve any love of any kind themselves. You clearly don’t respect or recognize individuals for who and what they are.

Please I am begging for this to stop

I was researching for causes that republicans and democrats agree on when I found this horror. Thank God we do all agree and are ready to march in the streets. How can anyone not? The Harvard primate experiments are just as evil and sick. People need to be fired. Refuse to pay taxes! March with me!. Stop this horror.

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