February 25th 2020 We have recently called for an end to xenophobia and international bias against scientists. For example, International Bias: Enough is Enough and Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science. An open access article, recently published in the journal Neuron, is an excellent example of how everyone can benefit when the … Continue reading Everyone Benefits When the Global Scientific Community Works Together
21st February 2020 Kelsey Finnie, DVM While scientists, research staff, husbandry technicians, and others work very hard to ensure laboratory animals are well-cared for, those animals involved in research and teaching, also have access to specialized veterinarians and veterinary care 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. But what … Continue reading 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.
February 20th 2020 We have previously expressed our deep concern about the removal of access to an online database that allowed the public to easily obtain records involving the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website in February of 2017. These records were … Continue reading USDA reposts records of animal research removed from its website
February 19th 2020 You may have read recently or seen on social media platforms that, “the use of animals in scientific research seems to be declining in the European Union….” and accordingly, that this is due to the “EU tough regulations” that are “designed to protect research animals.” At first blush, these claims seem reasonable … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Is the use of animals for research declining in the EU?
February 13th 2020. Tl;dr: Speaking of Research calls on scientific societies, journals, and other stakeholders to join us in standing up in support of global science and challenging xenophobia. We urge the following: If you see bias, please do not ignore it. Ignoring actions and sustained campaigns of misinformation by groups fundamentally opposed to animal … Continue reading Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science: Stand Against International Bias and Reject PETA’s “Ethics Dumping” Accusations to Scientists Leaving Europe
February 12th 2020. Position Statement The collection of statistical data on animal use are undoubtedly useful for some purposes but they also have major limitations with respect to informing meaningful and serious consideration of the ethical use of animals in research. As we’ve written before, simply reporting the numbers ignores the global context and relevant … Continue reading #MAJOR Animal Use Statistics Update!
February 7th 2020. The European Union (EU) has released “statistics on the use of animals for scientific purposes by the Member States of the Union covering data from three years, 2015-2017”. Before we jump into our fact-based analysis of the new data we wanted to remind our readers of a few important facts pertaining to … Continue reading The EU publishes animal use statistics from 2015-2017
February 6th 2020 There are many reasons a treatment might not be available for patients, but this one from a recommendation by a UK National Health Service (NHS) watchdog shocked us: the £10,000 cost for the treatment is too high to make available to patients with severe depression that might benefit from it!?!?!? Typically where … Continue reading Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?