This post, signed by over 90 scientists, is in response to an article published 09/04/16 in the New York Times titled: "Second thoughts of an animal researcher." The ethics and value of responsible animal research Last week we learned that in the first decade since its introduction the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine has cut … Continue reading The ethics and value of responsible animal research
Congratulations to the USDA/APHIS for getting ahead of the curve for a second time and making the US the first country to publish its 2015 animal research statistics. Overall, the number of animals (covered by the Animal Welfare Act) used in research fell 8% from 834,453 (2014) to 767,622 (2015). These statistics do not include … Continue reading USDA publishes 2015 Animal Research Statistics
Today we have a guest article by Jan Botthof, a PhD Student at the Cambridge University Department of Haematology and the world renowned Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Together with the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute - with which it shares the Genome Campus a few miles south of Cambridge - the Sanger Institutes is one of the … Continue reading Zebrafish: the rising star of animal models
Earlier this week, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block sent an email to the entire campus community entitled "A Message on the Importance of Research." In the message, Chancellor Block emphasizes the importance of medical research using animals and expresses support and admiration to all members of the UCLA family engaged in this work. Below is the text of … Continue reading UCLA Chancellor on the Importance of Research
A statement of fact can be falsified by presenting a single counterexample. For example, the claim that “Pigs don’t fly” can be proven false by just finding one that does. Similarly, the claim that “we owe the same moral consideration to all sentient living beings” can be falsified by considering scenarios where acting on such … Continue reading Closing your eyes may open your heart
The following post by Richard Scrase of UAR discusses a new free e-book (also available as pdf) which Understanding Animal Research (UAR) and Moshe Bushmitz has produced. It's well worth a download, so please share with friends. How do researchers work with primates? Which species do they use? What has research with primates revealed? How … Continue reading Primates in Medical Research – Free Literature
Georgianne Nienaber, a political and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, posted an article entitled “What if Lab Animals Could Tweet?” The article was prompted by a recent Gallup poll showing an increase disparity in the moral acceptability of “medical testing on animals”. Younger people, in the 18-34 years bracket, showed a decline of about 19% … Continue reading What if animals could tweet?
The UW-Madison recently hosted a conversation on the ethics of animal research between Rick Marolt, an opponent of animal research, and Robert Streiffer, a bioethicist at the university and member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Here are some of my thoughts on this interesting exchange. The good: Above all, it is good … Continue reading A Public Conversation on Animal Ethics: The good, the bad, and the ugly