Background Briefing on Animal Research in Germany

Speaking of Research have now added a fourth background briefing on animal research to our list. We now have a German background briefing - in both English and German - to add to our briefings on the US, UK and Canada. We hope this briefing will offer journalists, politicians and the public a short, handy overview of the … Continue reading Background Briefing on Animal Research in Germany

Animal Research Statistics for Northern Ireland 2014

While England, Scotland and Wales (collectively “Great Britain”*) are regulated by the UK Home Office and produce one set of statistics together, Northern Ireland is regulated by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, which produces its own statistics. According to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety … Continue reading Animal Research Statistics for Northern Ireland 2014

PR, ethics, and the science of head transplants

There has been a lot of media coverage on the recent claims by Dr. Sergio Canavero that he has successfully transplanted the head of a monkey on to a donor body of another monkey. This story, originally posted by the New Scientist, has since gone viral with some touting miracle cures for paralysis, while others … Continue reading PR, ethics, and the science of head transplants

Why Testing on Prisoners is a Bad Idea

This post was originally written by Tom Holder and posted on the Understanding Animal Research blog. It has been reposted here (with permission). This is not the first time Speaking of Research has posted on this issue, with a previous post by Dario Ringach here. The original post was geared to UK audiences - we … Continue reading Why Testing on Prisoners is a Bad Idea

A request to our multilingual readers

To our multilingual readers (or our monolingual readers' multilingual friends), we need your help. We have been trying to build up a picture of animal research worldwide, however our efforts are limited due to language barriers in some countries. So far we have statistics for 13 countries and the EU, copied below. We are looking … Continue reading A request to our multilingual readers

Investigating New Zealand animal research statistics

Speaking of Research has prided itself on being the most comprehensive source of information on animal research statistics. We recently got in touch with the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC), who furnished us with their annual report for 2013. The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) is a statutory body which provides advice to … Continue reading Investigating New Zealand animal research statistics

Can animal research be applied to humans?

Animal rights proponents defend the idea the we do not have the right to use animals for anything, including food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research. However, they seem to be having a hard time convincing people to stop eating meat, wearing leather and having pets, so they have disproportionately targeted animal research, where the link … Continue reading Can animal research be applied to humans?