Animal Justice Project: Same nonsense, different name

When I first took up my job explaining animal science to the public, I thought I would spend much of my time talking about ethics. I was looking forward to it - my academic specialisms within were rights and ethics and I was more than ready to talk about animal rights and the ethics of … Continue reading Animal Justice Project: Same nonsense, different name

Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

Yesterday a team led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in the UK announced the successful transplant of a non-beating donor heart to heart failure patient Huseyin Ulucan, the first time such an operation has been performed in Europe. Current practice is for donor hearts are obtained when the donor has … Continue reading Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

UK Charities Explaining Animal Research

Following from our previous post on US charities explaining their animal research, we will now take a look at UK charities using the same criteria. Of the UK top 200 charities (by income in 2012), only seven conduct animal research. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Wellcome Trust British Heart Foundation (BHF) Alzheimer’s Society Arthritis Research UK … Continue reading UK Charities Explaining Animal Research

US Charities Explaining Animal Research

In June 2012 we reviewed five large American health charities which conducted animal research to see how well they communicated this use. The results were not encouraging: three charities got 0/4 stars for their animal research statements, and two charities for 1/4. So has anything changed? In this post I will look at those charities … Continue reading US Charities Explaining Animal Research

The BUAV – More Unsubstantiated Claims, Spies and Inspection Reports

This article was originally posted on 16 March 2015. On 4 June 2015 we received representation from Cruelty Free International (CFI) asking us to reconsider some of the wording. On 2nd December 2015, at a Judicial Review, CFI and the Home Office agreed to make two, small clarifications to an ASRU report. Having considered all … Continue reading The BUAV – More Unsubstantiated Claims, Spies and Inspection Reports

Veterinarians Bringing Research to the Public

Scientist, technicians, animal care attendants and veterinarians all have different roles to play in explaining how and why animals are ethically used to advance scientific discoveries and improve therapeutic treatments of illness. Speaking of Research committee member Michael Brunt was asked to speak to laboratory animal veterinarians and LA veterinary residents from Canada and northeastern … Continue reading Veterinarians Bringing Research to the Public

Educating Ourselves and the Public – The Toll of Caring

This article, by SR member Michael Brunt, was first published in the March 2015 issue of AALAS' Laboratory Animal Science Professional. In 2013 the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) launched the InReach for OutReach program. One goal of InReach for OutReach is to assist our members to actively articulate the positive contributions they … Continue reading Educating Ourselves and the Public – The Toll of Caring