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.

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.

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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.

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? The RSPCA collected these signatures leading up to the the 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Rome. Tags: animal experimentation UK europe research alternatives medical research

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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.

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.

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. The lab reported the incidents to the National Institutes of Health, said Jim Newman, a spokesman for Oregon Health & Science University, which runs the center. And the center added training and banned one researcher from animal contact in response.

Is Medical Research on Animals REALLY the Only Way?

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I responded to a post on animalblog that cited a recent article in the journal "Proceedings" of the National Academy of Sciences. 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.

Always Question a Scientist

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This statement is mainly motivated by a recent conversation with someone who has a science degree (I think it's biology), but who actually works for a clinical testing company. One of the issues raised by a member was that we need to listen to "science" more and that science will save us. I raised the point that science does not solve everything. This is one of the reasons why we are still on the losing end of the battle with animal researchers.

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Now I'm Really Annoyed

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Here's a site for kids to program them to become "the next generation of laboratory animal science professionals." the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Foundation. Also, it's a great way to get girls interested in science! The AALAS Foundation has teamed up with the Whyville Web site to launch the Community Animal Research Environment (CARE), a series of educational games in a virtual laboratory.

Europeans Continue to Search for Alternatives to Animal Research.Why Not Americans?

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At a conference in Brussels, Belgium on 6 November, European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, and Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik restated the EU's commitment to the reduction of animal testing. The EPAA was created in 2005 and is an unprecedented collaboration between science and industry to reduce animal suffering in scientific tests. Tags: europe animal research drug companies medical research I just don't understand it.

Texas Tech Allowed to Withhold Info on Animal Testing

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The Texas Attorney General ruled earlier this month that the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center can withhold records of a committee that oversees the use of animals in training and research. PETA was trying to get the information to find out why the university is buying cats and dogs from a West Texas animal shelter for university training or research. Tags: university research animal experimentation animal rescue medical research

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Animal Testing Debate Continues in New South Wales

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This particular animal research controversy is occurring in New South Wales (Australia). Welfare groups are calling for an urgent public debate on animal testing amid claims millions of creatures are being killed or maimed every year in Australia in the name of science. New figures published by the NSW government's advisory body, the Animal Research Review Panel, show the number of animals killed in NSW experiments rose by more than 1,000 to 8,813 during 2006-2007.

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40 Ways to Help Lab Animals

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There are many excellent books on issues related to animal research. 10.Know Your Adversary Part of being an effective activist on animal research issues is knowing the arguments in support of animal research. This information includes research topics, funding amounts, types of animals used, and the number of years the project has been funded. For sleuthing on animal experimentation, you will want to visit a library with good science holdings.

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Last Monkey Recaptured by Primate Center

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The last of nine monkeys that escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro was found at 2 p.m. All the monkeys are healthy juvenile males and not involved in health research, officials said. Isn't it ironic how these animals show their clear intelligence by learning how to open a door at the same time their fellow species members are being sacrificed to science? Tags: animal experimentation primates medical research oregon

An End to Japanese Whaling?

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A major review of Japanese government spending could spell the end to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, according to Greenpeace, after the review committee proposed massive cuts in subsidies to a body which funds the so-called scientific research programme. I seriously doubt it, despite the Greenpeace report in Wildlife Extra News. It's too much a matter of international pride. (I I know, I know, I'm always a pessimist.but I'm so good at it!)

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Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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Research also suggests that the Antarctic population of blue whales may now be growing at 6% a year. The overall numbers are still tiny compared with the original populations before whaling started, but the trend is at last in the right direction,” said John Calambokidis, a marine scientist whose research on whale movements and populations has just been published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. And here's some good news for today.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. The group was formed to protest the activities of Huntingdon Life Sciences in Franklin Township, N.J. Huntingdon used mostly mice and rats , but also some dogs, monkeys, fish and guinea pigs , in its research in New Jersey. It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals. From the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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For those who didn't read the five-part Slate series " Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science " by Daniel Engber , I recommend it for the history, but also for the misconceptions and assumptions that you might want to discuss on the Facebook discussion about the series. He writes, "The dog remained a vital tool in biomedical research for more than 300 years and was the vehicle for a remarkable run of medical breakthroughs.".

NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

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The research project, led by Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, Mass., was one of 12 awarded radiobiology research grants through NASA's Human Research Program, the space agency announced October 27. To be honest, I like science fiction and find the universe fascinating, but I do not support NASA funding. Another animal experiment I would not support as a US taxpayer.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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March 2009 Contact: David Cantor, 215-886-7721 or RPA4all@aol.com Arriving at all 50 states’ governors’ offices in mid-March, a special request: Get our land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. Animal science” – distinct from zoology, the science of Earth’s millions of animal species – is what LGUs call meat-industry courses, including slaughtering animals, making ice cream, the full range of meat-linked endeavor.

On the Vegan "Diet"

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However, there's a context here, and that context is that the message is coming from an organization that focuses on the science angle of our use of sentient nonhumans (i.e., animals in research, in schools or as food). My dogs eat vegan dog food. They don't have collars made from animals. But they also haven't made a moral choice to not use animals.

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DeMuth Agrees to Plea Bargain

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From the Science Insider. DeMuth was arrested and charged in November 2009 after refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating the Iowa break-in. Tags: animal research animal enterprise terrorism act FBI Scott DeMuth, a sociology graduate student at the University of Minnesota charged last year with felony conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act agreed yesterday to a plea bargain.

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The Power of Pets Initiative

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“Mars Petcare, through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, has long been a leader in researching the meaningful physical, psychological and social benefits that pets bring to individuals and communities,&# said Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare US. &# The Power of Pets™ program is the perfect way for us to share this research and really bring these benefits to life. Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets!