January 17th 2020 In late December headlines appeared suggesting that the US has passed legislation to significantly compromise the use of animals in federally-funded research. For example: "Federal spending bill includes historic effort to curb government animal tests" -- Washington Examiner “Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded. A closer look at exaggerated claims about US bill and animal research impacts
January 9th 2020 Short read summary: Local news reported yesterday that the council of a small Wisconsin city voted in favor of an ordinance that would “ban dog and cat experimental breeding in Richland Center and prohibits transporting dogs and cats outside of Richland Center for experimentation elsewhere.” The only source cited in the WKOW … Continue reading #AskScientists: Small US city bans research animal breeding, why?
Certain government lobby groups, such as the White Coat Waste (WCW) Project, appear intent on casting scientists (the “white coats”) and the importance of their scientific work in a disparaging light. By focusing only on what they refer to as "wasted taxpayer money", they ignore the very real scientific and human health progress that results … Continue reading Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?
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
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
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
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