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
In recent years, animal rights activists have shifted their tactics aimed at convincing Americans to reject animal-based research, despite its tremendous benefits. We’ve witnessed an increase in lobbying and activist-inspired legislation, especially at the state and local levels. Furthermore, we’re happy to report that extremist acts are on the decline. And while Speaking of Research … Continue reading Debunking the Absurd “Taxpayer Waste” Argument
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?
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?
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
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
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
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