Gross Monkey Experiment

Critter News

Tags: animal research macaque Now this is pretty gross. I understand it's for HIV prevention, but still. testing a vaginal gel on monkeys. Disturbing. The gel was applied vaginally to three pigtailed macaques twice a week for seven weeks. Thirty minutes after each gel application, the animals were exposed to SHIV, for a total of 14 "challenges." A fourth animal received a placebo gel in the same manner.

NASA May End Monkey Radiation Experiments

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Tags: animal research primates NASA Not sure yet, but it could happen per this action alert from Physicians for Responsible Medicine.

Protest To Stop Pointless Radiation Experiments

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PETA organized protests to stop these stupid radiation experiments on spider monkeys. Tags: animal research Stupid primates NASA The purpose is to determine how astronauts would fare on the way to Mars. To Mars? We can't even get out of Afghanistan and we're going to Mars. Next year? Give me an effing break.

NYT Equine Thought Experiment

Animal Person

And that fact gives rise to a thought-experiment. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language Forgot to hit "publish now" on this. The New York Times presents us, this morning, with "Equine Alternative" regarding the recent discovery that horses decided to allow themselves be domesticated by humans for our mutual benefit, earlier than we had thought (3500 BC, and we preciously thought it was more like 2500 BC).

NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

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Another animal experiment I would not support as a US taxpayer. Tags: animal experimentation NASA Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are calling attention to it. 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.

Millions of Animals Used in EU Experiments

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If the directive is approved, the number of animals used for experiments will be limited, and the animals’ welfare will be improved in accordance with ethical principles of the EU concerning animals. The European Parliament approves of the ban on testing on large primates (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans), which are threatened with extinction, except in experiments aimed at conservation of these endangered species. Awful. From the Epoch Times.

FL Animal Control Conducts Bizarre Experiment

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It was an "experiment" you see, even though they are just Animal Control, not a research facility. Clay County violated five federal animal welfare regulations in a in September 2008 experiment that involved putting a dog in a non-air-conditioned truck for an hour at midday, according to a U.S. Tags: animal cruelty Stupid USDA animal welfare us News of the Weird Owners claim dog died from being in non-ventilated Animal Control vehicle.

Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

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Here's a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with an interesting post about the same issue, wondering how much we really need to experiment on chimps. Tags: chimpanzees medical research animal welfare This blogger, Earle Holland at Oregon State University, doesn't seem to believe the allegations coming out about the New Iberia Primate Center in Louisiana. He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations.

A First Christmas Bird Count Experience

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / A First Christmas Bird Count Experience A First Christmas Bird Count Experience By Corey • March 2, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Laura Wright has written an excellent article for onearth about her first Christmas Bird Count , which was the 61st iteration of the count in Troy, New York.

Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience. … Tags: brazil • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts?

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) By Mike • March 14, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share Your experience of the month so far may differ from mine, but around these parts, March roared in like a lion filled with tiger blood.

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PETA Sues the University of South Dakota

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They're trying to get records released on animal experiments. Tags: university research university of south dakota PETA

Support the Great Ape Protection Act

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End the use of chimpanzees in animal experiments. Tags: chimpanzees animal experimentation animal research animal cruelty medical research It's unconscionable.

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PETA Suing Utah County

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They're trying to get documentation regarding the 100 dogs and cats sold to the University of Utah for medical experiments. Tags: animal research

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Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

I’d be interested in hearing about other people’s experiences in the work place. Tagged: chickens , Kindred Spirits Sanctuary , pictures , Veganism. Tags: Uncategorized pictures Veganism chickens Kindred Spirits Sanctuary After a 7 month hiatus from this blog, I wonder: is anyone still out there? Anyone waiting for me to post? I bet you are just beside yourself with curiosity about where I’ve been.

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To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

Justice for beings who look very different from us but who, like us, experience pleasure and pain, boredom and frustration. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters Language Thanksgiving veganism Thanksgiving 2010 will be Baby Sky's first, and our opportunity to introduce her to the notion that our family doesn't eat animals (not to mention that other historical story we'll be correcting).

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What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

Someone is doing an experiment on a chimp or a rabbit or a rat. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare Farmed Animals Veganism legislation make a difference slaughterhouses The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. Much like last year, it was awesome. I took notes and hope to write a few entries on what I learned there.

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Increase in Dutch Animal Testing

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Dutch researchers carried out 592,665 experiments on animals last year, a 2.5% More than half the experiments were carried out for academic research and one third of those were for medical research. Tags: animal research Netherlands From the DutchNews.nl. increase on 2008, government inspectors said on Friday. The increase was largely due to new EU rules on chemical compounds, which have led to an increase in testing on rats, the inspectors said.

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Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

They experience pain and fear just like you and I would, and they want to live just as much as we do. Tags: Animal Rights Environmental Concerns Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal agriculture and the environment cloned meat eating habits PETA

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Ex NASA Employee Joins PETA Protest

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April Jean Evans was a NASA engineer, but resigned her position in protest over radiation experiments on monkeys. She's living with her brother now and falling into debt, but she is dedicated to working with PETA and other organizations to try to ban primates in experiments. It was a PETA protest outside her work location that alerted her to the experiments in the first place.showing that any action in defense of animals may have impacts on people that we don't even realize.

On Atheism and Veganism

Animal Person

Though we don't know the extent to which plants experience any kind of suffering, we do know that sentient nonhumans experience pain, pleasure, boredom and frustration. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Religion agnosticism atheism counter-culture culture veganism For me, atheism and veganism go hand-in-hand. Most of us were born to or adopted by people who eat animals and believe in a god, and that was all a mere accident of birth and/or geography.

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Tests Involving the Burial of LIVE PIGS Are Halted

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An experiment in which anesthetized pigs were buried alive in snow to learn how humans live or die in avalanches was halted today in Austria after animal-rights groups denounced the research as cruel and useless. The two-week experiment involving 29 pigs began Tuesday in the Western Austrian Alps. It is absolutely unacceptable to kill these highly sensitive, helpless animals for such a useless experiment," said Johanna Stadler, director of Vier Pfoten (Four Paws).

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Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

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Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales. In four years it experimented on 157,839 mice, 17,324 rats, 11,096 fish, 1,941 birds, 1,253 guinea pigs, 933 pigeons, 884 frogs, 207 cats, 54 rabbits and 18 tree shrews from the tropics of south-east Asia. Tags: universities animal experimentation UK animal research wales cardiff university

On "Animal Rights Conferences"

Animal Person

I haven't been to either conference, so I can say nothing from personal experience. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Language " Two Animal Rights Conferences: Will you be there? " by Drew Wilson at Care2's animal welfare blog has yet to have any comments about rights and welfare. I don't know how big the readership of that blog is, but it is international if that matters.

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

Some have tried to resolve this gap by hunting or butchering an animal themselves, as if those experiences might somehow legitimize the endeavor of eating animals. Tags: Activism Books Ethics Language I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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Anti-Vivisection Activists Address Scottish Parliament

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Dr Ray Greek, President of Americans for Medical Advancement and consultant Dr Andre Menache will be joining the animal charity in asking MSP's and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to end the use of animals in experiments. Scotland for Animals spokesman John Patrick: "Our country has a disproportionately high number of animals used in experiments when compared to the UK total. Tags: UK scotland animal research vivisection

Help the Almagordo Chimpanzees

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However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move the chimpanzees—many of them at least 30 years old—to the Southwest National Primate Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas, where they can be used in painful, invasive experiments.". Tags: chimpanzees animal research primates National Institutes of Health new mexico Here's an action alert from Physicians for Social Responsibility. Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used for research.

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"Creature Quotes" Is Here!

Animal Person

Every person who claims that there is some kind of divine mandate that makes us inherently not only superior to nonhuman animals but permitted to do with them as they please, should experience Creature Quotes. They presume that the mind can lead the heart, a presumption that Elizabeth Costello's experience has led her to reject after a long life of trying to convince other people of her perspective on animals (4-5).

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On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Is it true that the least I can do is support the engineering of animals who experience less unpleasantness than they would have had they not been engineered that way? If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

They say they are taking the abundant gifts Mother Earth gives them and they are grateful for the sacred experience of communing with her. But in my experience, humans will draw from anybody's history--or dig their heels deep into their own--in order to justify what they want to do: Eat animals because they enjoy the taste of them. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Film

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Quote of the Week

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Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. Tags: quotes It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures. -- Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Animal Stories Wanted

Animal Person

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. Tags: Ethics Language Now's your (/my) chance! In my inbox yesterday evening was the following from the Associate Editor of Creative Nonfiction .

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UK Records Increase in Animal Testing

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experiments were performed on animals last year, a rise of 454,000 or 14% on the previous year, the Home Office said. The growth in animal experiments reflects an expansion in biomedical research in Britain and is driven by advances in genetics and the development of new drugs that must be tested rigorously in monkeys before they are allowed to be given to humans. Tags: animal experimentation UK drug companies medical research biotech Bad news from the Guardian. Nearly 3.7m

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On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

Cats are slaves to no one, at least according to their reputation, which in my experience holds true. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language People in South Florida are still in an uproar over the mutilation and slaughter of 19 house cats (allegedly) by 18-year old Tyler Weinman, who was declared mentally competent and not a danger to himself or others (!).

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

Beloved family pet Dalmatian, Pepper, is stolen, and after several weeks of searching is discovered to have been experimented on at a hospital and died on the table when researchers tried to implant her with an experimental cardiac pacemaker. Actually, I didn't quit neuroscience as a result of the experiences described, but I did quit working with animals. By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans.

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Is Charles with Lars Axl Fokker?

Animal Person

In all of the lovely messages we've been getting, I've noticed two trends: 1) Death is a communal experience as well as an individual one. Tags: Current Affairs Gray Matters Greyhound Matters Charles died a week ago today, and if you haven't seen Deb's tribute , it's a must-see and we're very grateful and humbled by her post as well as all of the e-mails and cards and calls we've received.

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On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

All animals except the dog are called "it" (I did a little experiment to see what would happen). Tags: Books Ethics Language parenting publishing speciesism veganism I went back to New York to the areas where I grew up and went to college and graduate school for a five-day weekend. I'd been longing for NYC and, as usual, thinking about moving back. The Nor'easter cured me of that longing.

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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.

On Timelines

Animal Person

In my experience, knowing your audience and tailoring your approach (but not the substance of your message), is what converts people to veganism. Tags: Activism Ethics Language The idea that each person has their own timeline for converting to veganism met with the following comment from All Means Justifiable : "I have to say that writing "everyone has their own timeline" is a sentence I personally don't like to hear. Because even if it is true (in a way), its grounds are immoral."

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Roger Cohen Realizes Dogs=Pigs, Sort Of

Animal Person

But as Cohen experiences, humans don't live "in theory." Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Gray Matters " Dog Days in China " is a small piece with no gruesome slideshow. But it's also remarkable in that Roger Cohen, a 50-something man who writes for the New York Times, wonders: But do pigs have any more or less of a soul than dogs? Are they any more or less sentient? Do they suffer any more or less in death? Are they any more or less part of the mysterious unity of life?

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On Wearable "Roadkill"

Animal Person

And making it into some kind of spiritual experience is offensive. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Gray Matters Language Angus sent me a link to " Animal Parts: High Style of Just Plain Beastly " wherein Zosia Bielski reports that "hipsters are going whole hog, donning road kill as accessories and cow hooves on their feet.".

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Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

Animal Person

Pepper also represents a turning point in science, from an earlier age when animals for experiment would be plucked from the road or the river, to a new era of standardized, mass-produced organisms that can be shipped right to the laboratory door. Tags: Economics Ethics Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate , has posted the first of a five-part series about animals used for research.

On The Goode Family and Infiltration

Animal Person

But they're already on a path of compassion and caring about those other than themselves, so in my experience they're the perfect people to gently nudge in the direction of concern for sentient nonhumans. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics animal rights Animal welfare Nutrition The Goode Family Veganism Vegetarianism Image via Wikipedia I found The Goode Family disappointing on the vegan side. Yeah, lots of mockery, but I didn't laugh.

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