On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he is stepping down from his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser in December rather than when Biden’s first term ends.
While Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have vowed to keep investigating Fauci whether he retires or not, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is celebrating the “infamous director’s” decision to resign two years ahead of schedule with a “Fauci mural comprising photos of dogs, monkeys, and other victims imprisoned in laboratories under his direction.”
Can’t say we’ll miss you, Fauci! 🥳 BYE.
After we pressured and protested him relentlessly for YEARS—like the time we made a mural of his face from photos of dogs, monkeys, and other animals trapped in labs—the @NIAIDNews dinosaur is resigning early. https://t.co/R1uhSE4Ct6
— PETA (@peta) August 23, 2022
“Under Fauci’s direction, NIAID has tormented and killed millions of our fellow animals in pointless experiments, from the tens of thousands of monkeys whom experimenters used in failed AIDS tests (which haven’t produced a single vaccine to prevent HIV), to the puppies whom experimenters drugged and partially locked in cages filled with hungry, infected sandflies,” PETA wrote in an updated press release Monday.
Noting that Fauci’s office is “festooned with a life-size portrait of his favorite subject, his own headshot, and several other images of himself,” the animal rights group “created a prize worthy of being added to his already burgeoning collection of Fauci memorabilia.”
“If Anthony Fauci is going to surround himself with images of himself, they may as well be accurate,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement. “Fauci has overseen the torment and death of countless animals in colossally ridiculous, wasteful experiments that help no one but kill animals by the score. He should be reminded of that constantly.”
On “The News & Why It Matters,” BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales and guests suggested it’s no coincidence that Fauci would retire from government service at the end of this year — just after the 2022 midterm elections when Republicans are expected to gain control of the House and conduct congressional investigations into the COVID-19 pandemic response and Fauci’s funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Lab in China.