Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Among the US election outcomes November 6th was one that attracted little attention relative to the many significant and consequential competitions for local, state, and national legislative offices. Mount Horeb resolution concerning dog and cat research and testing In Mount Horeb, a small community in Wisconsin, ballots contained a binding resolution opposing breeding dogs for … Continue reading Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Numbers don’t tell the whole story: 2017 US Annual Report

Science magazine recently published a brief article with an eye-grabbing headline: “U.S. labs using a record number of monkeys.” The article has a colorful graph to match, showing the number of monkeys in research over the past 10 of the 45 years that numbers are available. The article focuses almost exclusively on work funded by … Continue reading Numbers don’t tell the whole story: 2017 US Annual Report

Animal Testing: Humane Research from a Human Perspective

It is not often that we publish student essays on Speaking of Research, however, when we received the following essay from Zaim Zibran, a junior at Walton High School in Georgia, US, we felt compelled to share it. Zaim is currently doing a summer internship at the James P Grant School of Public Health in … Continue reading Animal Testing: Humane Research from a Human Perspective

FDA announcement regarding termination of primate study leaves many questions unanswered

On Friday, January 26, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the agency charged with protecting public health via oversight of food, drugs, and medical devices—issued a statement about its decision to terminate a nicotine research project at the National Center for Toxicology Research (NCTR). The research had been the focus of campaign by an anti-animal … Continue reading FDA announcement regarding termination of primate study leaves many questions unanswered

Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  announced yesterday that it terminated a study investigating the effects of nicotine in monkeys.  This announcement, which was accompanied by the release of many records and documents related to the animals’ care, is troubling for many reasons.  Among them, it again raises questions about oversight and decision-making. Nicotine … Continue reading Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

The American Psychological Association has warned that the FDA may be winding down its own primate study, despite having started-- but not completed, nor made public-- an independent FDA review process. Why the FDA would stop the study before any report has been published will lead many into further questioning the influence that certain animal … Continue reading Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

The Fact Check: PETA vs. Christine Lattin

A systematic evaluation of PETA’s claims about Dr. Christine Lattin’s research highlights a lack of context, misrepresentation of her work, and – in some cases – statements that are just not factually accurate. Again, PETA demonstrates to the world why we should not take such claims at face value. PETA’s campaign against Dr. Christine Lattin, … Continue reading The Fact Check: PETA vs. Christine Lattin