Elephants in the room:  Openness in public vs private research facilities in the US

March 30, 2022Allyson J. Bennett & Sangy Panicker Openness and transparency in animal research are perennial topics of discussion (ex:  here, here, here). The terms remain poorly defined. Nonetheless, they are often used both by those opposed to animal research and by advocates for animal research. The terms are used for both praise and criticism … Continue reading Elephants in the room:  Openness in public vs private research facilities in the US

How do the US National Primate Research Centers benefit science and society?

March 9, 2022Agnes Lacreuse, Amanda Dettmer, & Allyson J. Bennett Research with monkeys and other nonhuman primates (NHPs) is important for understanding threats to human health that range from Alzheimer's disease to cancer and diabetes, addiction, Parkinson’s disease, and more. This research is also a fundamental building block for understanding how the brain works, how … Continue reading How do the US National Primate Research Centers benefit science and society?

Does animal research produce cures?

May 4th 2021Allyson J. Bennett and Marcello Rosa The answer to this question is yes.  So why do some groups and individuals opposed to animal research and testing argue no? Simply put, the answer to the question depends on where you focus  in the timeline of scientific advances that lead to medical progress. If you … Continue reading Does animal research produce cures?

Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications

April 22nd 2021Allyson J. Bennett, Jeremy D. Bailoo, Justin Varholick COVID-19 vaccines do not contain eggs or animal products, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).  This bit of information appears on the NHS website along with responses to other frequently asked questions. The UK’s Kirlees Council has a graphic to match: While the … Continue reading Is it vegan or not? A proposal to clearly label medications

#Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

April 2nd 2021 In the last few weeks we have detailed the irresponsible behavior of those opposed to animal research during the pandemic and the hypocrisy of their rhetoric now that vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization—thanks to over a decade of animal research as well as in safety and efficacy testing. We also wrote about how recent media coverage … Continue reading #Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

Should animal testing be used to produce safe medicines for other animals?

March 31, 2021 Allyson J. Bennett, PhD and Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD Pets directly benefit from animals in testing, research, and teaching veterinary medicine. In fact, pet medicine is big business, projected to reach $12 billion by 2022. In the US alone, 67% of households reportedly have pets. Data from the 2019-20 pet owners survey … Continue reading Should animal testing be used to produce safe medicines for other animals?

Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?

March 11, 2021, Allyson J. Bennett, PhD Recent media coverage of Catholic leaders’ endorsement of COVID vaccines provides an interesting model for thinking about public information and decisions concerning the use of nonhuman animals in research and testing for medical products and treatments. First, the situation illustrates why accurate information and understanding of how medicines … Continue reading Connecting action to consequence: Should those opposed to animal research and testing follow the Catholics’ model?