Rats Taking Over from Mice in Labs

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I recently fostered the sweetest little rat and I currently have two mice. While both rats and mice have similarities to humans, rats win out in key areas. Charles River Laboratories rats laboratories animal research miceTherefore, this Boston Globe article saddens me on both levels. And, of course, our old friend, Charles River Laboratories, will be a major supplier of lab rats.

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Of Mice and Girls (and Crows)

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I called my wildlife rehabilitator friend Maggie Ciarcia, who, yes, has rehabbed baby wild mice before. The irony was not lost on me, especially when I reached into the freezer that night to take out a dozen frozen adult mice, all of which would defrost by morning. Birds crows mice wildlife rehabilitator Despite the rings, the happy couple pictured above are not married – they’re just friends. More on this later. Look,” said my daughter Skye, holding out her cupped hand. “I

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Two Examples of Mice Experiments - Valid or Not?

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I came across these stories about two different medical experiments using mice. They used different lighting situations to see how they affect mice moods. Plus, are mice comparable to kids (although I would prefer mice subjects to primates who are so much more sensitive)? Here's another experiment using mice to determine whether stress and chemicals in plastic is leading to messed up male genitals and, therefore, infertility.

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Be Careful Where You Release Mice

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It might be a good idea to keep an eye out for predators… Mammals hawks video

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Dead, Poisoned Mice to Rain Down on Guam

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In what must be one of the most unusual conservation strategies ever, dead mice laced with acetaminophen, trailing streamers meant to catch on tree branches, will be dropped one-by-one, by hand, from helicopters. To try to manage the invasive Brown Tree Snake on Guam, which has forced many of Guam’s bird species to extinction and as a way to try to keep the snakes from Hawaii. This article is fascinating. Conservation Guam Reptiles

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Help clear the Antipodes of mice!

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Now everyone has a chance to help the Kiwis save their birds as a Wellington philanthropist, Gareth Morgan, is trying to raise NZ$ 1 million to clear the Antipodes Islands of mice. If you’ve read my posts before you’d know I’ve written at length about the devastating effects of introduced mammals in New Zealand, and also of the ways that New Zealanders have been working to save their species from those same mammals.

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Canadian Council Says Mouse Pain Study Was Ethical

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The research in question took place over many years and involved inducing various degrees of pain in mice using methods such as dipping their tails in hot water or injecting them with mustard oil or vinegar. The faces of the mice were then photographed to understand how they express pain. "No Mice were purposefully subjected to intense pain without anesthesia," said Norins. "In Tags: canada animal experimentation animal research mice pain

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A Trip to an Animal Lab

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but did experiment on mice and guinea pigs. Then, heading out, I noticed three little knitted mice. Tags: animal experimentation mice Guinea Pigs medical research biotech Well, kind of. It wasn't a full-fledged tour, but disturbing nonetheless. I can't really talk about what I do except that I work in government. In a brief tour of a particular biotech research company, I was taken to the animal lab. They did not experiment on primates (I asked!),

Merry Christmas!

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From Ana, Patrick, Cleo, Che, Sonia, Jennie, TJ, and two mice Many blessings to you from Critter News!

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Critters in our yard

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We get cats, mice, birds, squirrels and raccoons. Here is a picture of some mice feeding on bird seed we threw out for the birds Our yard is pretty animal friendly.

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets – by James Alston writing for ExoticDirect ExoticDirect offer pet insurance for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, mice and other small pets. They also insure parrots, reptiles, tortoise and even pygmy hedgehogs! pet care

Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

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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. By comparison, Bangor University used 1,464 mice and 664 fish, Aberystwyth used 289 cattle, 153 mice and 102 sheep and Swansea used 1,208 fish. Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales.

San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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All companion animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards would be considered as pets. Pet sales would be banned altogether, except for the sale of pet fish. If it passes, San Francisco residents would have to go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt an animal. Sounds good, but I just don't believe this will pass. It would set a national precedent, even if it is San Francisco.

Hamsters Celebrate 70 Years in the US

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Sadly, though, some 200,000 hamsters were used for research in the United States in 2000, third behind rats and mice. Interesting article. Prior to the 1930s, hamsters were pretty much in the wild. Prior to the 1970s, virtually all were descended from one breeding pair. Now, one million hamsters are kept as pets, an increase of 41 percent since 2001. This includes the two sitting on the shelf in our house!)

Charles River Laboratories Closes a Facility

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which provides mice and other animals for scientific research, is suspending operations at its facility in Shrewsbury indefinitely and laying off 300 people, the Boston Business Journal reports. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. Here's the brief announcement from the Boston Business Journal in its entirety. Charles River Laboratories International Inc.,

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University of Utah Cited by Dept. of Agriculture

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A kitten died from dehydration as a result of too much medication, individual primates were neglected for days at a time, mice and Guinea pig cages were found to be overcrowded, and calves may have been exposed to painful situations for too long, but University of Utah officials maintain that none of the most recent animal-testing violations, released Wednesday by the United States Department of Agriculture, were intentional.

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Gray Hawk from the House

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Head into the country and there are plenty of Gray Hawks perched or soaring or flying along the edge of forest and semi-open areas to prey on lizards, mice, or small birds and other unwary creatures. Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way.

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For the Birds: Midway Atoll Mouse Eradication and NEPA

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Midway, which was once a military facility, has long had mice and it once had rats, though they were eradicated in 1996. In 2015, mice suddenly started attacking albatrosses sitting on nests and attacks have been steadily increasing since. Having evolved without predators, the albatrosses are effectively defenseless against the mice and the photos show the consequences. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) wants to eradicate all of the mice on Midway.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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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. Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests.

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Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

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The result: antiquated, unnecessary and ridiculous experiments like those identified recently by In Defense of Animals, including studies of cocaine-addicted quail, nipple preference in nursing infant monkeys, toy preference in young monkeys, and effect of high-fat diets on mice (it made them fat and sleepy). I like this letter which appeared in the Brandenton Herald (FL).

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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Engber mentions that in 1972, the USDA put into place "a special exemption for rats, mice, and birds, allowing scientists to treat them however they saw fit—in cages of any size, in experiments with any degree of pain and suffering. He concludes this segment with: Meanwhile, rats and mice are subject to some of the most extreme and invasive experiments in biomedicine. Whatever misery they endure is multiplied across the hundreds of millions of rats and mice used in labs every year.

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PETA Busts University of Utah Research Lab

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Failed to provide minimal enrichment for animals -- companionship for monkeys, balls for pigs, paper towels for mice -- to reduce emotional stress. 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 s vice president for research. It's a remarkably banal list of ordinary events in an animal-care facility."

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Southwest Primate Center "Celebrates" 10 Years

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And let's not forget the required sanctimonious quote from an animal researcher “Our primates are essential partners in medical progress, as are mice, rats, guinea pigs and opossums. This place is celebrating its 10th year with ground-breaking research into what makes us all fat. By destroying the health of baboons with fast food. Fast food is bad for you? Really?)

Wildlife Rehabilitator Slang

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To civilians who may have been puzzled by the wildlife crowd’s tossed-off references to peefas, modos or mice cubes, here is a beginner’s guide to Rehabberspeak. Raptor rehabbers feed our patients mostly thawed mice which, when frozen, are called either “mice cubes” or “mousesicles.” We give young or compromised birds “pinkies,” which are just-born mice that are easy to digest.

Growing Number of Scientists Question Animal Research

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Indeed, it often isn't even the best science: New drugs that show great promise in mice, for example, often confer zero benefit to humans, or even prove harmful. They're not necessarily questioning the ethics, but the efficacy. This is an excellent article that appeared in the Boston Globe last week. The feud between animal rights activists and researchers is among the bitterest in science.

Leaping Foxes

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The specificities of languages … Anyway, so Germany this year is essentially filled with mice, like the one shown here, which – so far as I know – is a vole where you come from. I can’t think of many sights more entertaining than a red fox scouting a meadow in search of mice – or gophers, voles, gerbils – well, mice in a German sense. Germany is currently experiencing something for which the English have no nice expression.

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On "Animal Activism"

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If you believe your dog has a right to a life free of torture and slaughter for no reason, then you really ought to think about extending that right to mice, rats, chickens and fish. I've used the term "animal activism" lately as an experiment. I'm trying to gauge people's receptivity to what I'm about to say. I notice that if I use "animal rights activist" or anything with the word "rights" in it, because it's loaded and misunderstood, my listener often has an immediate bias of some kind.

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Owls, the debait

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She got out and began taking photos and quickly realized that the owl was being baited with white mice. But as she stayed and mice were being tossed out, she decided it wasn’t for her, and she left the birds, and the group. I question the release of non-native mice into the wild. An obvious difference to me is that, unless I’m unaware of the practice, people aren’t leaving the mice out for the good of the birds, going back every day sans camera.

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Sowing the Seeds of Veganism

Animal Person

Parlay greyhounds aren't for entertainment to they're not for experimenting on to neither are mice (again, takes a minute, but I've done it). I was thinking about the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary calendar of rescued animals photographed by Deb Durant that's on my refrigerator. It's on the refrigerator, but when you open the refrigerator door you'll see nothing that came from the animals in the calendar. No animal secretion smells, nothing that's dripping bloody liquid.

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Steve Best on The Left's Ignorance of Cognitive Ethology

Animal Person

Humanized' mice speak volumes (scienceblog.com). Steve Best's verbal presentation of his ideas sometimes irks me. It's over-the-top, for me, and I often resent the time I must spend working through the ranting. But " Minding the Animals: Ethology and the Obsolescence of Left Humanism " is a great look back at how we humans have managed to always find a way to consider ourselves unique, despite what the reality of the nonhuman world tells us. Here are some of my favorite passages. [S]ince

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What’s In the Freezer for Tonight?

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Normally I feed vultures, as well as hawks and owls, defrosted mice and rats. He ate through my remaining supply of rats and mice, as well as all my pinkies (hairless, day-old rodents, easily digestible and good for starvation cases). A wildlife rehabilitator friend, newly licensed, recently called to ask if he could feed a recovering Turkey Vulture anything besides defrosted rodents. Did I have an answer for him.

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Mammals of South Asia (Lynx Edicions)

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One issue puzzles me, the inclusion of those unidentifiable groups, such as bats, 39 pages of them (and this comes from a former caver who actually likes bats), also mice, rats, shrews and similar, which you aren’t likely to see (don’t trust action films) and are even less likely to ID?

European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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The EU's executive Commission last year proposed a range of measures to improve the welfare of the 12 million vertebrate animals used in experiments each year, mostly mice and rats. Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. It's from a Reuters article from last May.I will try not to smash my computer screen in frustration.

Be Kind to Animals Week- Iams Giveaway

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lb.). • Irish Air-Tight Pet Food Storage Container. • Whisker City Plush Cat Bed. • Whisker City Safety Stretch Cat Collars (Available in multiple colors). • Groomax Brush & Slicker Combo for Cats. • ToyShoppe Teaser Wands (Chenille Ribbons – Product 1). • Petlinks System 3 Blind Mice Cat Toys. • Catellite Cat Toy. The first week in May is Be Kind to Animals week, and the folks at Iams are helping us celebrate by offering an amazing prize package for your pet!

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

The "animal rights" focus, by contrast, is on our allegedly "cruel" treatment of individual animals in various specific, carefully selected and isolated contexts, from laboratory mice to farm mink to market hogs to broiler chickens, or whatever may be their next cause du jour , chosen specifically for getting the most uncritical media coverage and then getting a fresh flow of cash donations from their scientifically ignorant and easily duped contributors.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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The raptors feed on these things (mice, rats), snakes feed on these things, it’s in the wild food chain and the cat interrupts that because it’s not part of the natural setting.” Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. They've prohibited feeding and want the animals trapped. If they are not adoptable, oh well, kill them. Please. It is NOT the animals' fault that they have been abandoned to miserable lives. (Of

Spotlight: Lisa Beth Acton, Raising Ravens

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We started feeding mice, mealworms, and even some wild bird mix and leftovers, as they are scavengers. We released live mice into the flight so they could learn to catch and kill live prey. They still bring me daily garbage gifts (but not when I’m in the yard), and they only come to eat the kibble and mice I leave them when I’m not around. This post is from Lisa Beth Acton, a wildlife rehabilitator in Accord, NY.

Dogs and Rat Poison

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Since wild mice and rats carry disease, ruin household foundations and leave a general mess everywhere… it is very wise to get rid of them as soon as possible. As the weather starts getting colder, there may be a problem with rodents coming into our homes to look for a warm place to nest. Many dog owners don’t realize, however, that rat poisons are extremely dangerous for dogs. Dogs eating rat poison is not an uncommon problem for dog owners. Rat poisons can be fatal even in small amounts.

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The Great Egret

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Not that egrets don’t eat other things, as they are very catholic in their eating habits and will chow down on virtually any living creature that they can catch and swallow, from frogs to mice to lizards. The Great Egret is a great bird. With a dagger attached to a head that has glaring eyes and distance from body as its other notable attributes, it is also a bird you don’t want to find sneaking up behind you in a dark alley at 3 o’ clock in the morning.

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Glue Trapped

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I tell people DO NOT try to remove the bird,” says Maureen Eiger of Wildlife Care Alliance in Virginia, who gets calls from people who put glue traps in their garage, leave the garage door open, and catch birds instead of mice. The homeowners were trying to catch mice. Glue traps: For compassion’s sake, please do not set, place, or hang them. Here’s why.

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Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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I got my first pets, mice and guinea pigs, when I was 8. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet. Having pets at a young age instills kids with a sense of confidence that they can take care of an animal and help it to live a thriving life. More importantly I find pets can be great therapy for kids. Have you ever seen a kid talk to a pet and the animal responds by wagging its tail or purring?

Kathy Hershey: Parker, the Playground’s Vulture

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I assured him I knew what the situation was, and hurried out the door with a crate, gloves, and a large bag of frozen mice. I continued to toss, and he cheerfully continued to snarf up mice as fast as I could throw them. Today’s blog was written by Kathy Hershey, co-founder of Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators in Hope, Indiana. The voice on the other end of the phone was panicked. There’s a huge bird chasin’ the kids around the trailer park!

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The 701 Long-eared Owl of Kikinda

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Yet, even if it were not for the tourists, this owl should be applauded by the local farmers: during the five winter months, they eat about half a million voles and mice. Have you heard of a small town in Serbia graced by the presence of its 700 communally roosting Long-eared Owls ? You may have read about them in the Wall Street Journal , the BBC Wildlife Magazine , or perhaps watched them on BBC, who filmed them here twice, for the Planet Earth II in 2015 and for the One Planet in 2018.

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