Nov 2019 Update: What’s happening with campaigns and legislation aimed at US animal research and testing

We wrote about the legislative efforts and campaigns targeting nonhuman animal research in the US earlier this year. There, we took a broad look at some current campaigns, discussed mechanisms for various types of legislative efforts, and made suggestions for action. Today we look at the current status of legislation we wrote about in July, … Continue reading Nov 2019 Update: What’s happening with campaigns and legislation aimed at US animal research and testing

Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being

Yesterday we wrote about NIH’s announcement that 44 elderly and/or frail chimpanzees would be retired in place at the Alamogordo Primate Facility instead of being transferred to the federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven (CH). The announcement drew a range of responses and media coverage. Responses that were critical of NIH’s decision came from leadership associated with … Continue reading Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being

Retired in Place: National Institutes of Health Announces Decision to Prioritize Chimpanzee Health, Safety, and Psychological Well-being

Forty-four elderly and frail chimpanzees will not be forced to leave their social groups or partners to endure a stressful cross-country move, quarantine, and introduction to new housing at the federally-funded US chimpanzee sanctuary, according to an announcement posted today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH’s announcement provides a public view of the … Continue reading Retired in Place: National Institutes of Health Announces Decision to Prioritize Chimpanzee Health, Safety, and Psychological Well-being

Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead

Former coal-lobbyist (possible climate change denialist) EPA Administrator sides with PETA and changes test standards for potentially harmful chemicals that can affect humans, other animals, and the environment In a sign of the times (and likely, not a good one for public health, the environment, and the future) Tuesday’s news carried pictures of the nation’s … Continue reading Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead

Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

This is a guest post by Professor Juan M. Dominguez and is reposted with permission from his blog at Psychology Today. Dominguez is a behavioral neuroscient and professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. His research focuses on the neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders like addiction; using mating behavior as a … Continue reading Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

Evergreen: 2014. Speaking of Research develops rating system and growing list of animal research websites

In this first “Evergreen” post we revisit our article from 5 years ago in which we announced our rating system and the results of our survey of websites by universities, companies, and health research funders. In that post we describe what makes a good public facing statement and website to share information about animal research. … Continue reading Evergreen: 2014. Speaking of Research develops rating system and growing list of animal research websites

Introducing: Evergreen Posts Series

Speaking of Research (SR) was founded in 2008. Over the last decade, we’ve published posts on a wide range of topics. SR’s committee and guest writers have written about basic research discoveries that advance scientific knowledge and medicine and that depended on animal studies. We’ve written about the laws and regulations, as well as the … Continue reading Introducing: Evergreen Posts Series