5 responses to “Animal Research in the Public Eye

  1. scott storm

    All invasive animal experiments at research labs involve treating the subject animals cruelly, which is enough reason to consider any and all of it immoral. and thus not “essential” in any sense of the word.

  2. I live in a city where they do horrible experiments on primates and let me tell you how difficult it has been for citizens and animal rights groups to try to get information from the university. It is literally like pulling teeth. It is next to impossible to get any of the researchers to publicly talk about their experiments unless of course it is researchers who do very non invasive observational studies with primates. Most of the information that we receive is often redacted. And the university here even shredded the 600+ videotapes of primate experiments (they said they were lost in a fire) before they would ever show them to the public.

    If you go to the primate center here on campus and ask for a tour of the center, they will say, “just a minute” and then call the police on you.

  3. Jack, the post above notes that “Do all institutions exhibit adequate openness at all times? Probably not.”. Actually, having had a look through a few posts on this blog I would have written “certainly not”, as a fairly large numbers specifically address the issue of universities and other research institutions not engaging sufficiently with the public or not being open enough about the research they conduct.

    As for your comment on going to the primate center and asking for a tour, none of the dozen or so research institutes and university departments that I’ve been affiliated with as either a student or staff member would give a tour to somebody who just turned up at the reception. That list includes a couple of animal labs, but also biomedical and molecular biology labs where no animals were kept, computer science departments, clinical research units, computational biology and bioinformatics institutes and a chemistry department. Not sure that they’d call the cops in all cases, but I guess that would depend on whether the person making the request is known to have links to activists who endorse the murder of people who work there.

  4. Wow, I did not know there were activists that endorse the murder of people working at research institutions? Can you give some examples of activists murdering scientists or people working in these labs?