Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack

March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack

Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research

March 4th 2020 As reported in The Guardian, “the escape of three baboons involved in research has sparked renewed calls for greater transparency in medical testing on animals in Australia.” https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1232208733733654528 The three baboons, one male and two female, were being transported to a veterinary facility associated with a Sydney hospital where the male was … Continue reading Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research

USDA reposts records of animal research removed from its website

February 20th 2020 We have previously expressed our deep concern about the removal of access to an online database that allowed the public to easily obtain records involving the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website in February of 2017. These records were … Continue reading USDA reposts records of animal research removed from its website

Speaking of Research Shares Open Letter with EPA Administrator

Earlier today, Speaking of Research sent its open letter to U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The letter, signed by more than 600 members of the scientific community, condemns the agency's recent dangerous directive to reduce and eliminate all chemical safety tests that involve animals. The letter also calls on Wheeler to … Continue reading Speaking of Research Shares Open Letter with EPA Administrator

400 and Counting: Members of the U.S. Scientific Community Denounce EPA’s Decision to Limit Methods for Chemical Safety Testing

In just two weeks, over 400 members of the U.S. scientific community have signed onto our open letter denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) September 10 directive. The directive, announced with continuing fanfare from anti-animal research groups, would reduce and eventually eliminate animal research and testing regardless of the availability of suitable alternative methods to … Continue reading 400 and Counting: Members of the U.S. Scientific Community Denounce EPA’s Decision to Limit Methods for Chemical Safety Testing

52% of American public opposes the use of animals in scientific research

The Pew Research Center’s poll of over 2,500 members of the public shows the continuation of a worrying trend in support for animal research in the U.S. Among adults, 52% of respondents said they “opposed the use of animals in scientific research”, with 47% in favour. This is slightly down from 2015 when only 50% … Continue reading 52% of American public opposes the use of animals in scientific research

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?

Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response

We are pleased to tell you that our letter from America’s scientific community calling for increased openness in animal research continues to receive lots of attention. Here’s a brief update. The Letter For those unfamiliar with the effort, Speaking of Research organized an open letter from America’s scientific community advocating for greater openness and communication … Continue reading Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response