A few weeks ago we mentioned the Big Animal Research Debate, a joint initiative by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) UK, and Understanding Animal Research (UAR) to organise a series of debates on animal research in the UK, US and Ireland, many streamed live on the internet. These universities included 7 of the UK's … Continue reading Students back animal research
Cheryl Abbate is a self-described feminist, philosopher and military officer. She is currently a Philosophy PhD student at Marquette University and obtained her MA in Philosophy with Bernard Rollin at Colorado State University. She was one of the animal rights activists who asked me questions during the discussion of my talk at UW Madison. Ms. Abbate … Continue reading (Some) animal rights philosophers say the darndest things!
I was recently invited to offer a moral justification for the scientific use of animals in medical research at the University of Wisconsin. After the talk we had over an hour of discussion where we saw everything from some thoughtful questions to nonsensical ramble. I presented an argument and I expected direct attacks on those arguments. … Continue reading What is your moral baseline?
This guest post by Gregory Frank discusses the life and legacy of David Hubel, who was a great advocate for animal research. Hubel won a Nobel Prize in 1981 for his work on brain functions - much of which involved animal research. David Hubel, who passed away this fall at the age of 87, not … Continue reading Speaking of Research remembers David Hubel
This article was written by Chris Barncard and originally posted on the University of Wisconsin-Madison news website. It has been reproduced with permission. The article mentions SR committee member, Dario Ringach, who will be speaking at 7 p.m., Oct. 24 in the Madison Public Library’s Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin, US. Any … Continue reading Target of animal rights protests kicks off animal research ethics forum
As part of the Big Animal Research Debate taking place across the UK (and beyond). Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, will be debating Alistair Currie (formerly employed by both BUAV and PETA). The debate will be at Imperial College London, one of the world's top universities at 7pm (UTC+1). The event will be streamed … Continue reading Speaking of Research debate at Imperial College London
There is a lot we still need to understand about how our bodies work, how it may be affected by diseases, and how we can alleviate these conditions. We use our knowledge to create hypotheses and then must use repeated trials to test these theories. One of the difficulties of testing in humans is that … Continue reading Why Animal Experiments Work – Reason 2: Animals Can Mimic Human Diseases
Not everyone agrees with animal research. Many people have an ethical or scientific position against it (though we would question the latter), and although they have the right to disagree we believe they should do so on an informed basis. That is one of the great merits of debating – it allows (if implemented properly) … Continue reading The Big Animal Research Debate: Supporting an Informed Decision