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
March 30, 2022Allyson J. Bennett & Sangy Panicker Openness and transparency in animal research are perennial topics of discussion (ex: here, here, here). The terms remain poorly defined. Nonetheless, they are often used both by those opposed to animal research and by advocates for animal research. The terms are used for both praise and criticism … Continue reading Elephants in the room: Openness in public vs private research facilities in the US
August 23rd 2021 In 2019, US government statistics put the number of laboratory animals used in research at 797,546, an increase of 2.2% from 2018. This includes both public and private institutions. These statistics do not include all animals as most mice, rats, and fish are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act – though … Continue reading 2019 US Animal Use Statistics
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
January 9th 2020 Short read summary: Local news reported yesterday that the council of a small Wisconsin city voted in favor of an ordinance that would “ban dog and cat experimental breeding in Richland Center and prohibits transporting dogs and cats outside of Richland Center for experimentation elsewhere.” The only source cited in the WKOW … Continue reading #AskScientists: Small US city bans research animal breeding, why?
July 7, 2019 Recent campaigns targeting nonhuman animal research in the US have illustrated how strategies and groups that are old, new, and convergences of the two can affect science and the public that benefits from new knowledge and advances in science and medicine. We’ve written about a number of these issues over the years, … Continue reading What’s Happening with Campaigns and Legislation Aimed at US Animal Research
Anyone who regularly follows the news, likely spotted some of the headlines that surfaced during a several months-long battle over a USDA research project involving cats. Examples include: Cat cannibalism: Report Discloses ‘Questionable’ Gov’t Animal Experiments USDA Kitten Killing Comes Under Fire From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers and Watchdog Sues to Expose Secret Government … Continue reading Cat Fight or Smear Campaign? You Be the Judge
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