So, why is PETA mad at Dr. Anthony Fauci? Because his bizarre comments about horse-mammal hybrid stem cells

Ridiculous. That’s how animal rights advocates describe comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a March 4 town hall event in Edgewood, Md. Here’s…

So, why is PETA mad at Dr. Anthony Fauci? Because his bizarre comments about horse-mammal hybrid stem cells

Ridiculous. That’s how animal rights advocates describe comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a March 4 town hall event in Edgewood, Md.

Here’s his rant, reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill:

“I am the head of a government agency and it is your job to find out what we do. How we do it and how the public can benefit from it. We do not tolerate, even with one drop of human blood, dealing with some of the genetic diversity of horses.”

Fauci was speaking to members of the Congressional Horse Caucus, where he was there to speak in support of a horse slaughter ban, explained CQ Roll Call. But he also got into a discussion of genetic genetic diversity, and if the U.S. could make better horses.

He said the U.S. kills between 50,000 and 120,000 horses annually in the name of fighting the cancer of Tuberculosis. But, Fauci said, the U.S. is “fighting cancer with cancer,” and that “the horses dying need to be euthanized.”

He accused the Humane Society of a being “reprehensible” for a campaign asking horses to donate their blood. He said it kills genetic diversity, threatening, among other things, deer farming and horse boarding and trotting.

“What we’re doing is bad,” he said.

DAR Lawrence, director of the York and District of Columbia chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a statement that she wanted to “clear up what many of us may have misread … Dr. Fauci’s remarks as being anti-horse. Their intent was to explain that horses and equine stem cells have no place in human medicine.”

The video clip can be seen on the NRA Washington website, here. Fauci’s comments are seven minutes long, and the short clip runs about three minutes.

During the town hall, he also discussed methods to destroy stem cells (vesicle-bursting) in research.

It is a bizarre rant from one of the most prominent representatives of the not-for-profit scientific community. Animals and animal research/researchers are integrated into medical culture and basic science institutions, much like cell biologists and other entre ries in the biotechnological field.

So what if he said the quality of horses is important? Wouldn’t it be ethical to euthanize horses who aren’t C-sections? Wouldn’t it be unethical to try to transplant white stem cells into cancer-ridden human organs? What’s the big deal?

PETA spokeswoman Betty Thompson said in a statement that “Our position is clear that the horses that are being killed for ‘research’ should be adopted to rescue and sanctuaries.”

She also told National Public Radio that Fauci’s position “is a concern that does not reflect the scientific community as a whole.”

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