April 24th 2020 It is timely, although perhaps unfortunately so, that #WorldImmunizationWeek starts today. This global public health campaign, to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world takes place each year during the last week of April. The theme this year is #VaccinesWorkforAll and the campaign focuses on how … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek 2020: #VaccinesWorkforAll
April 3rd 2020 We are facing a major health threat in the COVID-19 disease, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared it a pandemic, with over 1 million cases (972,640 confirmed cases and 50,325 deaths) and with global fear and uncertainty increasing. As we wrote in January, … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine shows efficacy in mice
It’s March 12th 2020. We are facing an emergent health threat in the coronavirus, COVID-19. Officially declared a pandemic, with 118,326 confirmed cases and 4292 deaths global fear and uncertainty is increasing. Last night, a travel ban was placed on all those travelling to the US from Europe, again highlighting the seriousness of this threat. … Continue reading Evergreen: 2012. Animal Rights Bingo
March 4th 2020 As reported in The Guardian, “the escape of three baboons involved in research has sparked renewed calls for greater transparency in medical testing on animals in Australia.” https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1232208733733654528 The three baboons, one male and two female, were being transported to a veterinary facility associated with a Sydney hospital where the male was … Continue reading Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research
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 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!