Will PETA Embrace Openness?

Two weeks ago, the American scientific community took a stand. Hundreds of scientists, veterinarians and animal care staff signed a letter in support of greater openness. To top it off, four Nobel Laureates - William Campbell, Mario Capecchi, Carol Greider and Torsten Wiesel - added their names to the list. The letter calls for America’s … Continue reading Will PETA Embrace Openness?

A fresh approach to animal rights activism…or is it?

White Coat Waste says it’s using unique new strategies to campaign against animal studies…our analysis suggests otherwise. Over the past few months, several news stories have focused on a relatively new animal rights organization, one that we have mentioned in previous posts. The group, called the White Coat Waste Project, has been portrayed as a … Continue reading A fresh approach to animal rights activism…or is it?

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

FDA response to Goodall letter found lacking

On September 25, 2017, Dr. Scott Gottlieb , Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) replied to a scathing letter from Dr. Jane Goodall, where Goodall denounced what she called the “cruel and unnecessary nicotine addiction experiments on monkeys”. We previously evaluated that letter from Goodall and now do the same with Commissioner Gottlieb’s letter. … Continue reading FDA response to Goodall letter found lacking

The Fact Check: PETA vs. Christine Lattin

A systematic evaluation of PETA’s claims about Dr. Christine Lattin’s research highlights a lack of context, misrepresentation of her work, and – in some cases – statements that are just not factually accurate. Again, PETA demonstrates to the world why we should not take such claims at face value. PETA’s campaign against Dr. Christine Lattin, … Continue reading The Fact Check: PETA vs. Christine Lattin

Guest Post: Predictability and Utility of Animal Models

This is a guest post on the utility of animal models in drug development, misconceptions about animal models, and alternative methods of drug development, by Dale M. Cooper, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Cooper has over 20 years of veterinary experience in private practice, and as a laboratory animal veterinarian … Continue reading Guest Post: Predictability and Utility of Animal Models

NIH Director reaffirms importance of animal experiments

Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, was interviewed by the Washington Examiner earlier this week. One question asked what he thought about animal research, to which Collins provided a thoughtful and considered answer. Washington Examiner: PETA came out this year supporting budget cuts to the NIH, saying that cutting testing on animals would achieve significant savings. What … Continue reading NIH Director reaffirms importance of animal experiments