Debunking the Absurd “Taxpayer Waste” Argument

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

An Emerging Animal Rights Strategy to Impede Health Research

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

Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats

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

News Analysis: How NOT to Cover Animal Research

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

PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?

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?

Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

One likely reason why America has become so polarized, is the rise of opinion journalism. For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s how Wikipedia describes it: Opinion journalism is journalism that makes no claim of objectivity. Although distinguished from advocacy journalism in several ways, both forms feature a subjective viewpoint, usually with some social or political … Continue reading Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response

We are pleased to tell you that our letter from America’s scientific community calling for increased openness in animal research continues to receive lots of attention. Here’s a brief update. The Letter For those unfamiliar with the effort, Speaking of Research organized an open letter from America’s scientific community advocating for greater openness and communication … Continue reading Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response