September 15, 2022 Sangy Panicker Just as starting assumptions matter, words matter. Why? Because language shapes discourse, dialogue, understanding, and opinion. Hence, accurate terms and terminology are critical. And what does this mean in the context of animal research? It means dropping tired old labels and phrases in favor of more apt ones. Continuing to … Continue reading Words matter
July 19, 2022 Back in May, we issued a strong statement decrying a commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv) for violations of the Animal Welfare Act documented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing that Envigo will surrender more than 4,000 … Continue reading Update: Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo
July 19, 2022 Speaking of Research, founded in 2008, encourages everyone to play a role in communication, dialogue, and education about animal research. For some, public outreach and advocacy are a natural extension of their work. For others, time and energy can be a barrier. The questions might be: Where do I start? Are there materials … Continue reading Are you Speaking of (Animal) Research?
May 24, 2022 Speaking of Research is deeply troubled by recent events concerning the commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv). In brief, wide-ranging appalling animal care failures and ongoing animal welfare concerns at the facility have been documented in reports from US federal oversight agency inspections. The scope of problems described in … Continue reading Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo
April 4th 2022 In a recent publication1, a team of researchers led by Marcus Jeschke at the German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ) and at the Institute for Auditory Neuroscience led by Tobias Moser at the University Medical Center described a new computerized platform that allowed marmosets to learn and perform … Continue reading Cognitive testing refinement: a computerized platform for self-paced auditory cognitive testing in common marmosets
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
February 19th 2021 We are in the midst of a global pandemic—with 105.4 million cases and 2.3 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, due to decades of animal research on coronaviruses, various vaccine candidates were expedited, and their safety and efficacy profile evaluated in animals and humans. As a consequence two vaccines … Continue reading #Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment
Faulty assumptions lead to faulty conclusions. Jeremy D. Bailoo, Sangy Panicker & Allyson J. Bennett January 12th 2021 A new entry in the seemingly eternal quest for universal adoption of European approaches to the regulation of research animals appeared today in the journal Scientific Reports. The author, US veterinarian Larry Carbone, estimates from a sample … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?