Germany sees 7% rise in animal research procedures in 2016

The Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft has produced the 2016 annual statistics for Germany. These statistics seem to show some big changes from previous years and we will attempt to break down the comparisons according to the different methodologies used. Germany produces two sets of data as part of the Animal Protection Act. §7(2) - procedures on … Continue reading Germany sees 7% rise in animal research procedures in 2016

Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

February and March will see a number of events on the topic of openness and transparency in animal research. The deadlines are short for registration so sign up as soon as possible. Speaking of Research committee members will be involved in a number of these events.   6 February – How to advance public acceptance … Continue reading Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

The difference between pain and suffering

I find it surprising how often the words pain and suffering are used interchangeably, as it often happens when discussing issues of animal welfare. The concept of suffering has profound implications when applied to both humans and animals, so we should examine carefully what it entails philosophically and scientifically. Let’s consider pain first. When studying … Continue reading The difference between pain and suffering

Belgian animal research numbers fall by 5%

The last statistical publication that Speaking of Research will be reviewing in 2017 are that of Belgium. These will be added to both our worldwide animal research statistics page, and the new Historical animal research statistics page. In previous years, Belgium's three regions (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia) have published their statistics independently, but the Belgian … Continue reading Belgian animal research numbers fall by 5%

Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

It can be a challenge for researchers to connect with the public about why the work they do with animals is important. It can be especially difficult to get the public to understand how humans can benefit from research with seemingly disparate species. Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC … Continue reading Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth

To witness any birth can be miraculous. However, the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas all agree that this particular delivery was special. As first reported by TIME, obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Liza Johannesson, stated, “We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time. I think everyone had tears in … Continue reading The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth

Lack of sense about sentience and statistics

Two recent events have inspired a slew of bad reporting in the UK about animal research. The first was a vote in Parliament rejecting a call to describe animals as sentient into British law. The second was the publication of the Northern Irish statistics. On 15th November, Parliament voted down an amendment to the European … Continue reading Lack of sense about sentience and statistics