Over the past week, two national news stories have nicely illustrated the distressing (and at times, depressing) state of science reporting. The most recent headlines appeared on Wednesday when researchers announced they had developed a method for preventing the brain from rapidly decomposing in the early hours after death. Here’s a link to the press … Continue reading Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become
Anyone who regularly follows the news, likely spotted some of the headlines that surfaced during a several months-long battle over a USDA research project involving cats. Examples include: Cat cannibalism: Report Discloses ‘Questionable’ Gov’t Animal Experiments USDA Kitten Killing Comes Under Fire From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers and Watchdog Sues to Expose Secret Government … Continue reading Cat Fight or Smear Campaign? You Be the Judge
In recent years, animal rights activists have shifted their tactics aimed at convincing Americans to reject animal-based research, despite its tremendous benefits. We’ve witnessed an increase in lobbying and activist-inspired legislation, especially at the state and local levels. Furthermore, we’re happy to report that extremist acts are on the decline. And while Speaking of Research … Continue reading Debunking the Absurd “Taxpayer Waste” Argument
There’s no shortage of news coverage of the midterm elections. However, with all the drama in D.C., America’s research community may be unaware of a ballot initiative in one small Wisconsin community which may one day have national implications. The residents of Mount Horeb, a community outside of Madison, will soon vote on a referendum … Continue reading An Emerging Animal Rights Strategy to Impede Health Research
Speaking of Research readers might recognize the name Christine Lattin. She’s the Louisiana State University scientist (and former Yale post-doctoral researcher) who studies stress hormones and neurotransmitters in birds. We’ve written about her research in the past. In doing so, we’ve pointed out PETA’s many misleading claims about Dr. Lattin’s studies. We’re also pleased … Continue reading Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats
Student newspapers offer remarkable learning opportunities for future generations of news reporters. They also perform an important public service in keeping student populations informed about key university issues. But they are not perfect. Turnover is constant, leading to a lack of continuity and fluctuating ability and expertise levels. In addition - as is the case with … Continue reading News Analysis: How NOT to Cover Animal Research
It’s no secret that academic institutions conduct a significant share of the world’s health research. It is also common knowledge that colleges and universities have a strong commitment to free speech and open dialogue. However, in the era of fake news, alternative facts and increasing division, are there limits? When does free speech cross the … Continue reading PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?