When are rats, mice, birds and fish protected by US federal laws?

There is sometimes confusion about how US law protects rats, mice and non-mammalian vertebrates such as birds and fish. Much of this confusion is rooted in the fact that the US Animal Welfare Act (AWA) explicitly excludes purpose-bred rodents (rats of the genus Rattus rattus, mice of the genus Mus mus), as well as birds … Continue reading When are rats, mice, birds and fish protected by US federal laws?

Community Outreach: Talking about the animals

Many of us that work in biomedical research often are confronted with the dreaded question: “What do you do for a living?” The anxiety of the inevitable conversation about animal research can be palpable. One may ask, “Do I tell them the truth and get into a debate about the ethics of animal research? Or … Continue reading Community Outreach: Talking about the animals

Animal Care Staff: ‘Why animal welfare matters’

Today begins a series of posts that try and show the activities and motivations of a handful of the dedicated animal care technicians from across the country's animal laboratories who work tirelessly to ensure animal welfare remains the highest priority. [Tom] For decades the animal rights movement has worked to define those working in animal … Continue reading Animal Care Staff: ‘Why animal welfare matters’