Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?

March 24, 2022Speaking of Research  From the EU to individual countries to small municipalities in the US there appears to be a new wave of trendy legislative efforts. The general idea is a proposal to ban some aspects of research or testing that involves nonhuman animals. The ban may take the form of directly interfering … Continue reading Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?

Precedent-setting lawsuit?  IACUC members file lawsuit to seek protection

UPDATE: May 17, 2022: A federal judge has granted the IACUC members a preliminary injunction to ensure their safety. Read more here. February 24th 2022 In the face of escalating harassment, hostility, and anger from anti-animal research groups, members of the University of Washington Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee have filed a lawsuit seeking … Continue reading Precedent-setting lawsuit?  IACUC members file lawsuit to seek protection

Casey Affleck and PETA Know How to Harass Women

September 14th 2021 Historically, he’s harassed colleagues in the film industry. Now he’s harassing women scientists. Yesterday, Casey Affleck inspired a whopping dozen or so protestors at UMass Amherst to join him in protesting against Dr. Agnès Lacreuse, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences there, who is conducting humane, ethical, and vital research with marmosets … Continue reading Casey Affleck and PETA Know How to Harass Women

#Evergreen: The Science and Medicine of “Progress for Science”

March 12th 2021 We have detailed the irresponsible behavior of those opposed to animal research during the pandemic and the hypocrisy of their rhetoric now that vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization—thanks to over a decade of animal research as well as in safety and efficacy testing. Yesterday, we wrote about how recent media coverage of Catholic leaders’ endorsement of … Continue reading #Evergreen: The Science and Medicine of “Progress for Science”

#Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

#Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment

February 19th 2021 We are in the midst of a global pandemic—with  105.4 million cases and 2.3 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, due to decades of animal research on coronaviruses, various vaccine candidates were expedited, and their safety and efficacy profile evaluated in animals and humans. As a consequence two vaccines … Continue reading #Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment

Absolutist Views Crumble As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available

February 16th 2021 Michele A. Basso, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles I am stunned. Cory Mac (full name Cory Mac a’Ghobhainn), the leader of a group called Progress for Science (P4S) either is a hypocrite, or she is ignorant of how science works, in spite of the name … Continue reading Absolutist Views Crumble As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes Available