VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

May 17, 2022 As an update to our February 24, 2022 post describing a precedent-setting lawsuit that IACUC members at the University of Washington (UW) filed against UW for protection from the anti-animal research group PETA, Speaking of Research is pleased to report that a federal judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. … Continue reading VICTORY! IACUC members receive protection from PETA via federal judge’s order

VICTORY! UC Davis wins lawsuit filed by PETA

A Yolo County Superior Court judge ruled on January 11, 2022, to protect the research enterprise from PETA following a years-long battle in the courts. UC Davis is one of the few institutions to have stood by its decision to protect its researchers from such tactics, and is thought to be the only entity to … Continue reading VICTORY! UC Davis wins lawsuit filed by PETA

Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?

March 24, 2022Speaking of Research  From the EU to individual countries to small municipalities in the US there appears to be a new wave of trendy legislative efforts. The general idea is a proposal to ban some aspects of research or testing that involves nonhuman animals. The ban may take the form of directly interfering … Continue reading Performative politics and animal research: When is a ban not a ban?

Evergreen: Statistics out of context, predictability, and utility of animal models

March 18th 2022 In a recent letter to the US National Institutions of Health (NIH) , Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC) called for the NIH “to discontinue animal experiments and find alternatives to animal testing.” They write: “As Members of Congress, we are concerned the National Institutes of Health (NIH) … Continue reading Evergreen: Statistics out of context, predictability, and utility of animal models

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

December 31st 2021 This year has been another difficult year for everyone. Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us at Speaking of Research one way or another—including with re-prioritization of time to child, elder and other care, the switch to and challenges of online teaching and major job related delays … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2021

Casey Affleck and PETA Know How to Harass Women

September 14th 2021 Historically, he’s harassed colleagues in the film industry. Now he’s harassing women scientists. Yesterday, Casey Affleck inspired a whopping dozen or so protestors at UMass Amherst to join him in protesting against Dr. Agnès Lacreuse, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences there, who is conducting humane, ethical, and vital research with marmosets … Continue reading Casey Affleck and PETA Know How to Harass Women

#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