Scientific research is a human endeavor that succeeds best when the community of individuals who undertake it are diverse in thought, life experience, and expertise, and when the community of researchers welcomes each individual into an inclusive environment that encourages them to thrive. Sadly, however, research institutions are not free from the systemic racism and … Continue reading June 10th #ShutDownSTEM
05/27/20 At a time when so many lives across the world have been lost to the invisible viral threat called coronavirus or SARS-COV-02, the exit strategy for nearly every country is focused squarely on a vaccine being developed. Here, we consider why vaccine candidates require testing with animals before human trials can be conducted. We … Continue reading A small number of monkeys could help millions of people: Coronavirus vaccine testing
April 22nd 2020 The following joint statement is the result of a collaboration between several research advocacy organizations - including Speaking of Research - along with individual biomedical researchers, animal care experts, and university communicators. Research organizations are invited to share this statement by posting it on their own websites or linking to this webpage. … Continue reading Statement in Support of the Global Research Community’s Efforts to End the COVID-19 Crisis
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
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
January 21, 2020 The council of Richland Center, a small US city in Wisconsin, recently voted in favor of an ordinance thought to be the first in the country to ban breeding and possession of dogs and cats for research or experimentation within their city. As we wrote last week, there also doesn’t appear to … Continue reading Strategy by the numbers: How to ban dog research and testing in the US and why it would be bad for public health
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?