#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 15th 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

Irresponsible behavior by animal rights activists in the midst of a global health crisis

April 28th 2020 On April 22 – in the middle of a global health crisis that has killed over 200,000 people worldwide, including nearly 57,000 Americans, police were called away from their important public safety efforts in order to respond to an angry, disruptive protest in an otherwise generally quiet suburban neighborhood near Washington DC. … Continue reading Irresponsible behavior by animal rights activists in the midst of a global health crisis

Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science: Stand Against International Bias and Reject PETA’s “Ethics Dumping” Accusations to Scientists Leaving Europe

February 13th 2020. Tl;dr: Speaking of Research calls on scientific societies, journals, and other stakeholders to join us in standing up in support of global science and challenging xenophobia. We urge the following: If you see bias, please do not ignore it. Ignoring actions and sustained campaigns of misinformation by groups fundamentally opposed to animal … Continue reading Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science: Stand Against International Bias and Reject PETA’s “Ethics Dumping” Accusations to Scientists Leaving Europe

#AskScientists: Small US city bans research animal breeding, why?

January 9th 2020 Short read summary: Local news reported yesterday that the council of a small Wisconsin city voted in favor of an ordinance that would “ban dog and cat experimental breeding in Richland Center and prohibits transporting dogs and cats outside of Richland Center for experimentation elsewhere.” The only source cited in the WKOW … Continue reading #AskScientists: Small US city bans research animal breeding, why?

Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

Certain government lobby groups, such as the White Coat Waste (WCW) Project, appear intent on casting scientists (the “white coats”) and the importance of their scientific work in a disparaging light. By focusing only on what they refer to as "wasted taxpayer money", they ignore the very real scientific and human health progress that results … Continue reading Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead

Former coal-lobbyist (possible climate change denialist) EPA Administrator sides with PETA and changes test standards for potentially harmful chemicals that can affect humans, other animals, and the environment In a sign of the times (and likely, not a good one for public health, the environment, and the future) Tuesday’s news carried pictures of the nation’s … Continue reading Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead