#FactCheckNeeded: Is the use of animals for research declining in the EU?

February 19th 2020 You may have read recently or seen on social media platforms that, “the use of animals in scientific research seems to be declining in the European Union….” and accordingly, that this is due to the “EU tough regulations” that are “designed to protect research animals.” At first blush, these claims seem reasonable … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Is the use of animals for research declining in the EU?

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

#MAJOR Animal Use Statistics Update!

February 12th 2020. Position Statement The collection of statistical data on animal use are undoubtedly useful for some purposes but they also have major limitations with respect to informing meaningful and serious consideration of the ethical use of animals in research. As we’ve written before, simply reporting the numbers ignores the global context and relevant … Continue reading #MAJOR Animal Use Statistics Update!

The EU publishes animal use statistics from 2015-2017

February 7th 2020. The European Union (EU) has released “statistics on the use of animals for scientific purposes by the Member States of the Union covering data from three years, 2015-2017”. Before we jump into our fact-based analysis of the new data we wanted to remind our readers of a few important facts pertaining to … Continue reading The EU publishes animal use statistics from 2015-2017

Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?

February 6th 2020 There are many reasons a treatment might not be available for patients, but this one from a recommendation by a UK National Health Service (NHS) watchdog shocked us: the £10,000 cost for the treatment is too high to make available to patients with severe depression that might benefit from it!?!?!? Typically where … Continue reading Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?

International Bias: Enough is Enough

February 4th 2020 Despite nationalistic tendencies and international bias being ever present on the political scene, they have no place in science or scientific discourse. Science works best with fewer/no borders because it embodies objectivity (based on evidence rather than perceptions). Therefore, social and other media bias against the quality of science and the animal … Continue reading International Bias: Enough is Enough

#AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to COVID-19 coronavirus begins

January 29th 2020 Update: *April 3, 2020. This post was updated to reflect current findings on "the missing link" for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between bats and humans. The first reports of a new virus spreading throughout Wuhan, China began in late December 2019. Since then the virus has continued to spread throughout China and beyond, with … Continue reading #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to COVID-19 coronavirus begins