Student Researcher Says "Hooray for Animal Research"

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Freeman says that the most difficult thing he has encountered so far in his research comes not from the lab, but from people’s attitudes about animal testing. He said this research, along with other research that could vastly improve human quality of life, could absolutely not be done without animal testing, and wishes more people understood that “animal research is not cruel or inhumane, it benefits us all.”

Animal Researchers' Emotional Blackmail

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Here's a succinct letter to the editor that summarizes the emotional blackmail propogated by animal researchers. The million dollar ad campaign by the Foundation for Biomedical Research (“Critical research,” Nov. It is all about convincing us that a cure for everything is just around the corner as long as we keep funding their animal research gravy train. Tags: animal research drug companies medical research

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Government Grants for Animal Research

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If you really want to ruin your day, visit this web page with a list of government grants involving animal research. It has a list of grant applications, researchers and details on the actual studies. Tags: animal experimentation animal research military medical research us Not pretty.

Will Animal Research Ever End?

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Some scientists say it could end in a generation if we pursue the creation of "virtual humans" and living cell banks as research replacements. Tags: animal experimentation animal research medical research science I think we could change things even sooner, but I just don't see the will or the interest in most of the scientific community. I just don't understand why.

Some Groups that Still Support Animal Research

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From PETA's Animal Times (I tore out the page and there's no date anymore.but it was 2009). Komen Foundation *British Heart Foundation *World Cancer Research Fund I can't tell you all what I do for a living because it's kind of sensitive, but let's just say that my unit has had dealings with Susan G. Tags: animal research medical research The US Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association *March of Dimes *American Heart Association *Susan G.

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The BS of Animal Research

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People who support animal research cloak themselves in altruism. They are only researching on animals because they "put people first." Tags: animal research I like this post on Primate Freedom. Here's part of my response (I'd been thinking about posting these thoughts recently anyway.).People That's a lie. They are putting their patents, royalties and tenure first. Another tactic is to make opponents out to be traitors to our own species.

Cutting Duplicative Research Could Save Millions

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Just read an August update from an ALDF lawyer about medical research. I recently attended a presentation on animals and toxicity testing in which I was stunned to hear the speaker estimate that by merely requiring researchers to share their research results with other scientists to decrease duplicate testing, and by harmonizing chemical testing standards, several million animals would be immediately spared from use in unnecessary research.

PETA Leads Anti-Animal Research Protest at University of Utah

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Animal Researchers Promote Sob Stories

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I don't support animal research and I have no sympathy for animal researchers. I would never advocate violence against a researcher. I almost quit a book club a year ago because one of the members is a proponent of medical research. All of this BS by medical researchers must be challenged. The title of this article is "Researchers to animal-rights activists: We are not afraid." Tags: animal abuse animal enterprise terrorism act medical research

European Money Goes to Alternative Testing Research

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A substantial fund of EUR50 million (US$74 million) is being offered to European research teams to develop alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics and related industries. Tags: europe animal research cosmetics medical research Why is it so damn difficult to get the same kind of interest from the US government? I have yet to read anything official in which there is even an interest of getting away from these barbaric practices.

Help Release Chimps from Medical Research

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Animal Researchers Use Billboards to Promote Themselves

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The "brave" animal researchers are taking their argument to the public and bypassing animal right activists. a billboard funded by the Foundation for Biomedical Research. Thanks to animal research, you won't." I for one welcome them coming out of the woodwork and forcing animal research into the public forum. Let's discuss the research. If we can't outlaw the practice, perhaps researchers will become more transparent.

Unacceptable Trade in Primate Research Animals

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Here's a post on the Red, Green and Blue blog about the unspeakable trade in macaque monkeys as research subjects. Tags: animal experimentation animal research primates medical research I'm so glad I have this blog and other web outlets to highlight these kinds of stories. If not for these outlets, I would have to sit in a slow simmer as none of my "friends" can handle or understand the outrage. I think they just want to live in happy denial.

What if the Public Truly Probed Animal Research Funding?

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It's in response to the arrest of Yale animal technician Raymond Clark for the murder of Annie Le, but makes some important points about animal research. Animal research is too lucrative for the university/government/pharma complex to risk macaques on YouTube and the public judging the asinine and repetitive experiments many researchers know they live on. Tags: university research animal experimentation animal research primates

Leona Helmsley's Fortune Goes to Medical Research

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Over $100 million went to medical research while about $1 million went to animal welfare causes. But a group of trustees got together, determined she was mentally unfit at the time, and decided to “responsibly” donate to medical research instead. It’s more money for medical research. I wonder how much of this wonderful research will involve animal experimentation, the absolute anti-animal welfare cause. Yesterday I read about how Leona Helmsley’s estate was divided up.

Animal Research Booming in State of Victoria

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Animals for research purposes are coming from municipal shelters, breeders and the greyhound trade. In 2007, 394 dogs died during procedures for canine and human research. None of the animal shelters contacted by the Herald Sun have come across ex-research dogs in need of a home. RSPCA state president Dr Hugh Wirth slammed municipal pounds for being involved in the research trade. Tags: australia animal experimentation animal research

Some History on the New Iberia Research Center

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Here's some background on the New Iberia Research Center, target of the Humane Society investigation showing alleged chimpanzee abuse. Tags: chimpanzees animal experimentation humane society new iberia research center medical research us

Breeders Also Supply Universities with Research Animals

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I didn't know that there were specific breeders out there producing animal subjects for medical research. According to this article, some are so bad that the University of California and the University of Cincinnati have actually decided to end their relationships with them and stop purchasing animals bred for research use. Tags: universities breeders animal experimentation USDA medical research I guess I'm living in a cave.

Biomedical Foundation Launches Campaign to Show Animal Research is Grrrrrrreat!

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The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today it has launched a one-year national animal research education campaign. Since 2004, public support for humane animal research to advance human and animal health has fallen 10 points. The ResearchSaves campaign is designed to counter this drop in public support for biomedical research. "As Tags: animal research corporate lies medical research biotech From their press release.such BS.

PETA Busts University of Utah Research Lab

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s vice president for research. Tags: universities animal research utah undercover investigation PETA An undercover PETA investigator shot hours of footage of alleged mistreatment of animals. A University representative denied any mistreatment: "None of the things she alleges are substantive," said Tom Parks, the U.'s It's a remarkably banal list of ordinary events in an animal-care facility." Per the Salt Lake Tribune, these are some of the allegations.

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University of Louisiana Plays Defense on Primate Research

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They are at least admitting there are problems with standard operating procedures at New Iberia Research Center. Tags: animal cruelty exper new iberia research center primates medical research Officials claim to be taking steps to correct certain problems. Maybe. This web page also has a video with a tour of the facility, conducted by center staff.

Exposing the Pharmaceutical Industry's Interest in Animal Research

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Big pharma is also involved in promoting animal research for its own benefit. It claims that it must research on animals in order to save people, but then charges such high costs for drugs to these same people that many, even in the rich country of the US, must forego them and risk their lives. But animal research is necessary, they also claim, because there are simply no other alternatives.

Class "B" Animals Sold for Medical Research

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In the shadow of a $5 million-dollar grant given to Oklahoma State’s renowned veterinary school and then rescinded due to allegations of abusive and cruel animal research practices, Oklahoma State University Philosophy Club and Friends of the Forms will host animal activist Chris DeRose. DeRose will address the use of “Class B” animals in veterinary schools and research labs. Tags: animal experimentation animal cruelty medical research

Growing Number of Scientists Question Animal Research

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The feud between animal rights activists and researchers is among the bitterest in science. But many researchers - although adamant that animal research remains critical to finding cures and expanding medical knowledge - have come to concede that using creatures as human stand-ins is unnecessary for many procedures. Tags: animal experimentation medical research They're not necessarily questioning the ethics, but the efficacy.

Jane Goodall Quote on New Iberia Research Center

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The screaming I heard when chimpanzees were being forced to move toward the dreaded needle in the squeeze cages was, for me, absolutely horrifying.” - Dr. Jane Goodall responding to the Nightline special detailing the mistreatment of hundreds of chimpanzees and other primates at New Iberia Research Center. Tags: chimpanzees new iberia research center primates medical research “But in no lab that I have visited have I seen so many chimpanzees exhibit such intense fear.

RSPCA Collects 68,000 Signatures Supporting an End to Animal Research

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I really believe the more people learn about what research animals go through, the more common decency becomes a factor. But how many animal research supporters (non-scientists) actually step into a room and observe an experiment? Tags: animal experimentation UK europe research alternatives medical research That's an even larger number if you realize that each signature probably represents a few non-signers who feel the same way.

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British Center Working On Animal Replacement in Research?

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The group is called NC3E (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research). The NC3Rs brings together stakeholders in the 3Rs in academia, industry, government and animal welfare organisations to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas, and the translation of research findings into practice that will benefit both animals and science. Tags: animal experimentation animal research medical research We'll see.

Uncovered Reports Show Three Research Labs Fined for Violations

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AVMA Reveals Itself As Apologist for Animal Research

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They have paying members that are part of the animal research industry itself. Cleverly, they also emphasize how many "animals" are saved by animal research. Tags: animal experimentation animal research primates avma It should be no surprise that the American Veterinary Medical Association is an apologist. Here's the organization's defense of its primate veterinarian members. Wouldn't Fluffy die without all the benefits of animal testing?

European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. Researchers can continue most experiments on mankind's closest relatives -- chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans -- after European Union lawmakers watered down proposals to restrict testing. The European Parliament said its members had rejected that part of the proposal as it would hinder research into some forms of cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

Settlement Forces Animal Research Facilities to Disclose More

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Animal research facilities will be required to disclosee more information online about their experiments under a court settlement signed Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States and the Agriculture Department. Tags: animal experimentation animal research humane society USDA medical research This would be awesome. Now, I know it doesn't solve everything, but it's another chink in the armor. I worry it won't pass the DC district court for some wacky reason.

Utah's Shelters Providing Strays to Labs for Research

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Scores of abandoned dogs, cats and livestock from Utah animal shelters become subjects of laboratory research at the University of Utah each year. That's because of a little-known state law that requires government-run pounds to turn animals over to researchers if asked. The practice gained wider publicity after the animal rights group PETA said earlier this month that 1 of its agents spent eight months working undercover at University of Utah research facilities.

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Read an Analysis of Slate's Animal Research Series

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Animal Person , someone who is clearly smarter than me, has a great analysis about the recent "Pepper" series in Slate about animal research. At least he didn't try to make me feel happy or warm and fuzzy about animal research. I'm not saying he was the most compassionate person in the world, and I'm not saying that I admire or like him, but at least there was some self-criticism and, yes, some guilt there that I find lacking in the animal researchers I've encountered.

Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

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This new law provides specific guidelines for experimentation on live animals: specifically, scientific research on animals at universities is allowable only when it meets criteria deeming it “absolutely essential;” any other experiments are prohibited for educational purposes at the elementary, intermediate and higher education levels, and completely banned in facilities outside of university research labs.

USDA Has Meat Animal Research Center

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Here it is.the US Meat Animal Research Center. Good site to visit to see what they're up to. Obviously, all the pictures will probably be nice and clean.

USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

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The warning cited three errors in veterinary care, including a serious 2007 incident where a pregnant monkey died when a researcher failed to notice she was having a troubled labor. And the center added training and banned one researcher from animal contact in response. Tags: medical research PETA animal welfare us PETA has filed complaints about this place for years, but it's the first warning they've actually generated.

Another Research Company Accused of Animal Mistreatment

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Animal welfare watchdog group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), has released documents which, it claims, provide evidence that CRO MPI Research has been operating in violation of the US Animal Welfare Act. They include reports on 16 incidences of fractures received by primates and one swine during handling between 2007 and 2009. animal abuse animal research primatesFor the full story, go here to outsourcing-pharma.com.

Is Medical Research on Animals REALLY the Only Way?

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Here's my response on medical research in general. I recently had a discussion about medical research using animals. This story on HIV research is one example. Many people feel very uncomfortable with animal testing, even scientists I think, which is why they often get so emotional and defensive about their research. Tags: animal experimentation medical research monkeys

Military Used Pigs in Brain Injury Research

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Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury. For an 11-month period that ended in December, researchers subjected pigs and rats to about 200 blasts, according to Pentagon documents and interviews. Lovely.

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Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

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Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate , has posted the first of a five-part series about animals used for research. A Dalmatian, stolen and sold for research, she was likely terrified and probably in enormous pain when she was killed, a couple of weeks after she was taken. Perhaps I am mistaken or misreading, but didn't she really represent a turning point in the commodification of dogs and other sentient nonhumans used for research?

New Research Shows Crabs Feel Pain

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I was afraid of this. If you've ever wondered why I have a clinical view of the meat industry, it's because I worked for three years in the accounting department of a very large shrimp importer that also sold finfish, shellfish and value-added products (ie. frozen seafoods with sauces, etc.) While the vast majority of this company's products were shrimp, the majority of its revenue was earned from crab sales. Factory farming does not only happen on land. It happens on the sea too.

ALF Activists Burn Company That Sells Animals for Research

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Address: 432 Ridge Street, Reno, Nevada 89501 UNITED STATES Phone: 775-786-3244 Fax: 775-786-2767 Email: primatesri@sbcglobal.net Scientific Resources International (SRI) specializes in naive purpose bred non human primates for research. Activists from ALF are claiming responsibility for a fire that caused an estimated $300,000 damage to Scientific Resources International.

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Harvard Medical School Facility Accused of Improper Research Reporting

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An Ohio-based animal rights organization has filed a complaint against Harvard Medical School, alleging that the school's New England Primate Research Center in Southborough did not properly report its experiments on animals. Two Harvard research projects allow primates to experience unrelieved pain - one subjects them to electric shock and one purposely stresses animals who have already been diagnosed with self-injurious behavior, according to the complaint to the U.S.