Allyson J. Bennett & Alanna Brownell Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nonhuman animals play an essential role in our understanding of systems that are key to health and disease in humans and other animals. Basic discoveries about physiological, neural, genetic, immunological, and other systems serve as the foundation for advances in medicine, including treatment and … Continue reading Understanding US Annual Reports on Number of Animals in Research
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
The Animal Justice Project, a British-based animal rights group, is no stranger to misinformation. Previously we have debunked their factual errors regarding malaria studies in Sweden and eye injury studies. There was also the time they produced a press release which suggested 52oC (125oF) was the same as boiling water (which admittedly might be true … Continue reading Animal Testing and Human Trials: Alternatives or Complements?