“Poll” Suggests White Coat Waste Respects Supporters Even Less Than It Respects Science

If you’re subscribed to the White Coat Waste Project’s social media feeds (and we assume you aren’t) you would have just witnessed several weeks of celebration. The anti-animal research group has been tweeting, posting and taking credit on a near-daily basis for the USDA’s decision to close down a key research unit studying one of … Continue reading “Poll” Suggests White Coat Waste Respects Supporters Even Less Than It Respects Science

Cat Fight or Smear Campaign? You Be the Judge

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

Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Among the US election outcomes November 6th was one that attracted little attention relative to the many significant and consequential competitions for local, state, and national legislative offices. Mount Horeb resolution concerning dog and cat research and testing In Mount Horeb, a small community in Wisconsin, ballots contained a binding resolution opposing breeding dogs for … Continue reading Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

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

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?

An Effective Response to Animal Activism

This week marks World Week for Animals in Laboratories, an annual animal activist observance for those who oppose the use of animals in health research. While WWAIL, as it is often called, is not as heavily observed nowadays as it has been in the past, it still features a handful of protests and other actions … Continue reading An Effective Response to Animal Activism