It’s a Cat-astrophe

A new report in Nature suggests that domestic cats, primarily un-owned, are responsible for an estimated 6.9 to 20.7 billion animal deaths every year. While the majority of animals killed were by strays, feral and farm cats, a significant number were from pet cats. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused … Continue reading It’s a Cat-astrophe

Speaking of Research return to Trinity College Dublin

In 2009, Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, spoke at a debate on animal research at the College Historical Society at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) - a student debating union that lays claim to be the oldest student society in the world. On that occasion, the motion against animal research was roundly defeated - with … Continue reading Speaking of Research return to Trinity College Dublin

Nine out of ten Statistics are taken out of Context

This guest post is by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, who is head of the division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research in London. This is a very clear and thorough debunking of a common animal rights myth where they suggest that because nine out of … Continue reading Nine out of ten Statistics are taken out of Context

“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”

Today's guest post is by Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University. Kelly explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare. The views expressed below are that of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of her employer … Continue reading “Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”

Animal research is not “animal testing”

Animal rights ideologues like to refer to animal research as “animal testing”. This seems to be part of their new strategy of arguing that animal research is worthless because they claim that testing new medications on animals has no predictive value on their effects on humans. However, this is a gross misrepresentation of what animal … Continue reading Animal research is not “animal testing”

2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

Today's guest post is from Elizabeth Reitz, who is the program director for Americans for Medical Progress. They are now starting their 2013 Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach - a great program which played a huge part in starting Speaking of Research in 2008. Please share this with friends and colleagues. Americans for … Continue reading 2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

New UK Animal Research Law is a Victory for Animals and Scientists

As the science correspondent of a top UK newspaper said to me earlier this year “Call me cynical, but there are very few things that kill a story quite like having “EU Directive” in the title.” He was referring of course to the snappily-titled “Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of … Continue reading New UK Animal Research Law is a Victory for Animals and Scientists