Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

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

Cognitive testing refinement: a computerized platform for self-paced auditory cognitive testing in common marmosets

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

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

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

#Evergreen: Opponents of animal research should refuse medical treatment

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

#FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?

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?

24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

21st February 2020 Kelsey Finnie, DVM While scientists, research staff, husbandry technicians, and others work very hard to ensure laboratory animals are well-cared for, those animals involved in research and teaching, also have access to specialized veterinarians and veterinary care 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. But what … Continue reading 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

USDA reposts records of animal research removed from its website

February 20th 2020 We have previously expressed our deep concern about the removal of access to an online database that allowed the public to easily obtain records involving the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website in February of 2017. These records were … Continue reading USDA reposts records of animal research removed from its website

Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being

Yesterday we wrote about NIH’s announcement that 44 elderly and/or frail chimpanzees would be retired in place at the Alamogordo Primate Facility instead of being transferred to the federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven (CH). The announcement drew a range of responses and media coverage. Responses that were critical of NIH’s decision came from leadership associated with … Continue reading Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being