World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

Each April a group of people committed to ending all use of animals for any purpose, including medical and scientific research, orchestrate events for a week they designate World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL). Among the primary objectives of WWAIL is to generate media coverage via picketing and protests. The event often culminates in … Continue reading World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists

I recently published a paper in EMBO reports (available free online for a few more weeks) which (among other things) looked at the factors influencing the animal rights movement, causing it to wax and wane over time. Firstly I separated animal rights groups into two general types using the term "antivivisection" to separate the "anti-research" … Continue reading The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists

Jerry the Beagle and the “Liberation” that Wasn’t

On Monday, Nov. 4, Jerry, a six-month old beagle allegedly "rescued from a laboratory" at UC Davis, gamboled on the grass outside California's state capitol as news cameras looked on. But campus veterinarian, Vic Lukas, was puzzled. He wasn’t aware of an animal being "rescued." More concerning, one of the people in the photos with … Continue reading Jerry the Beagle and the “Liberation” that Wasn’t

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

Editors' note: Because the issue of starting assumptions remains in any dialogue about animal-based research, this post has been updated (December 2018) to include more recent anti-animal research organizations, and to provide up-to-date links.  The importance and need for civil, open dialogue about the complex set of issues involved in use of animals is among … Continue reading Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

Pro-Test Italia Stands up to Animal Rights Activists

Animal rights activism has long been on the rise in mainland Europe. Nowhere had this been more true than in Italy. In April 2012, activists stormed the Green Hill breeding facility and “liberated” a number of beagles from the facility. Since then they have threatened and harassed pharmaceuticals and breeders. In April 2013, five animal … Continue reading Pro-Test Italia Stands up to Animal Rights Activists

4,000 People Stand Firm Behind Animal Research

The Basel Declaration has collected over 4,000 signatures in the week since its Call for Solidarity behind researchers at the University of Milan. After the terrible break in at the University of Milan by animal rights extremists, the Basel Declaration sent out an email where they said: In discussion with Prof. Francesco Clementi, a signatory … Continue reading 4,000 People Stand Firm Behind Animal Research

Basel Declaration Calls for Solidarity with Researchers at University of Milan

The Basel Declaration have called for a show of solidarity with researchers at the University of Milan who had years of work destroyed when animal rights activists broke into the facility. See previous two links for more background information. Please sign this call of solidarity and share the link. Dear friends, colleagues and everybody in … Continue reading Basel Declaration Calls for Solidarity with Researchers at University of Milan