June 9, 2022 In January 2021 a UK news outlet, The Guardian, wrote about new guidelines aimed at reducing the trade and acceptance of nonhuman primates as pets. The particular focus, following evidence and recommendations from international primatological societies, was on posting and dissemination of photos in which scientists and others--including "celebrity primatologists"-- pose with … Continue reading An important thing The Guardian and PETA can do to protect primates
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
Ants aren't gendered, but the people they are named after may, or may not, be. The ant species named Strumigenys ayersthey. Image credit: D.B. Booher & P.O. Hoenle, 2021.
April 14th 2021Kelsey Lewis, Allyson J. Bennett, Sangy Panicker, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy D. Bailoo & Justin Varholick A group of individuals, many of them self-identified as being opposed to animal research, recently signed an open letter to the Associated Press asking that animals with unknown sex be assigned "he/she" or "they" gender pronouns. These … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Non-human animals cannot have a gender identity
March 26th 2021 Yesterday we highlighted one of the myths that those opposed to #AnimalResearch often spend their time propagating—that #AnimalResearch is only performed in benefit to humans—usually alongside the myth that #AnimalResearch fails to translate to humans. It is thus timely to highlight another of our posts debunking another prevalent and sensational claim—that 99% of drugs … Continue reading #Evergreen: Predictability and Utility of Animal Models
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
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
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