Air Canada Criticized for Transporting Research Monkeys

Critter News

The arrival of 48 monkeys on a flight from China this weekend has brought Air Canada under fire for shipping primates destined for research laboratories, but the airline says it is obliged by federal law to accept monkeys as cargo. A Pearson International Airport employee tipped off the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection that a shipment of monkeys destined for Montreal was being held at the Toronto airport after arriving from China on Saturday. Awful.

Humans AND Monkeys Enjoy Television

Critter News

Another commonality between the two species , this one found by the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute. Tags: primate/human similarities animal research monkeys

Trending Sources

Gross Monkey Experiment

Critter News

testing a vaginal gel on monkeys. Tags: animal research macaque Now this is pretty gross. I understand it's for HIV prevention, but still. 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.

Now We Have Glow-in-the-Dark Monkeys!

Critter News

Viral DNA was used to introduce a gene for a green fluorescent protein into monkeys, creating a new line of "glow-in-the-dark" transgenic primates for drug research work. Oh, by the way, drug researchers love this. Possibly better research, more drugs, more sales!!!). Tags: genetics animal experimentation animal research monkeys Oh yay.

Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

Critter News

Animal-rights activists are urging Air Canada to stop shipping live monkeys and other animals destined for experimentation, saying the airline can change its tariff rules if it wants. In our opinion, Air Canada is not legally obligated to accept monkeys as cargo," said the opinion written by Lawyers for Animal Welfare. canada animal research primatesI don't think it's likely that Air Canada is going to budge on this. Excerpted from the Montreal Gazette.

Canada 109

Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

Critter News

Puerto Rico is using it as a dumping ground for "nuisance" monkeys. Puerto Rico is eager to rid itself of the estimated 2,000 patas and rhesus monkeys that have taken a toll on wildlife and agriculture in the Lajas Valley since escaping from nearby research centers 30 years ago. "We We will give them all the monkeys they want," said Sgt. The Baghdad Zoo rakes in some more animals.

Last Monkey Recaptured by Primate Center

Critter News

These are not subject monkeys, but they are part of the breeding colony. The last of nine monkeys that escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro was found at 2 p.m. Nine Japanese macaque monkeys got loose Friday after their keeper left the cage unlocked and they figured out how to open the door. The last monkey was found on the primate center campus. Hillsboro police helped find the final monkey.

NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

Critter News

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. In Bergman's study, according to Discovery News, 18 to 28 squirrel monkeys would be subjected to radiation and periodically tested to gauge how exposure affects performance in a variety of learned tasks.

Is Medical Research on Animals REALLY the Only Way?

Critter News

The article discusses how scientists are infecting monkeys with a surrogate HIV virus that does not even lead to AIDS, begging the question of why infect them in first place if there's no real simulation of what happens in humans? 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. Tags: animal experimentation medical research monkeys

Dane County Debates Wisconsin Animal Research

Critter News

Not sure anything will come of this, but Dane County is turning its attention to the primate research going on at University of Madison-Wisconsin. Twenty county board supervisors have sent a letter to UW-Madison's Chancellor Biddy Martin, asking her to get directly involved in the ethics of monkey experimentation. Tags: animal research primates university of madison-wisconsin

Malaysia Approves Controversial Research Lab

Critter News

The veterinary services department launched a probe this month after animal rights campaigners accused the Progenix Research lab based in the northern state of Penang of cruelty to animals. The lab, which is run by the Britain-based Alpha Biologics, uses monkeys, dogs, rodents and rabbits for toxicology testing. Tags: animal research malaysia The investigation cleared the animal lab. From Straits Time.

Tensions Mount over University of Florida Animal Research

Critter News

Not sure I agree with posting the researcher's photo. Animal rights activists are targeting a University of Florida researcher for his role in experiments on primates — even though he says he doesn't personally conduct animal research. website, where she posted the researcher's address and a picture of his home. Tags: university of florida animal research activism primates Things are getting a little tense.

Weekend Protest Against the Oregon National Primate Research Center

Critter News

Animal rights activists stretched a 60-foot banner across the Hawthorne Bridge {Saturday} morning targeting the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU. In support of National Primate Liberation Week, the Portland Animal Defense League hung a banner that read "OHSU: Stop Killing Monkeys Now!" Tags: animal research activism oregon national primate research center oregon From Oregonlive.

Unacceptable Trade in Primate Research Animals

Critter News

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?

Critter News

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

USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

Critter News

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 two other incidents involved a sponge being left in a monkey after surgery and a surgery performed on the wrong monkey. And the center added training and banned one researcher from animal contact in response. Tags: medical research PETA animal welfare us

Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

Critter News

President Obama promised to eliminate wasteful government spending; funding for animal research is one area that is overdue for reform. Each year, millions of cats, dogs, non-human primates and other animals suffer and die in research laboratories. World Week for Animals in Laboratories (April 17-24) exposes their plight and the broken federal research funding system that perpetuates outdated animal experiments at the expense of modern and more humane technologies.

PETA Busts University of Utah Research Lab

Critter News

s vice president for research. Failed to provide minimal enrichment for animals -- companionship for monkeys, balls for pigs, paper towels for mice -- to reduce emotional stress. 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

Utah 100

Animal Testing Center to Open in Malaysia

Critter News

Disturbing picture of monkey being injected. Tags: animal research malaysia Caution on this story.

USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory

Critter News

The video footage shows monkeys biting themselves and slamming against the bars of small cages. The Humane Society of the United States released the video scenes Wednesday, saying that’s only part of the documentation of what it claimed were 338 violations of federal law and policy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Laboratory. It is the nation’s largest primate research lab that studies chimpanzees. Actually, it's more then allegations.

Excellent Overview of Animal Testing Using Primates

Critter News

From someone who actually worked in such research. The controversy over primate research is not going away any time soon, due to the paradox of primate research -- the more similarities between monkeys and humans that are discovered, the more researchers will argue those similarities make it valid to use monkeys in research on human diseases. Tags: animal research primates I think the opening alone summarizes the dilemma. From the Cap Times.

Pam Anderson Urges End to India's Animal Testing

Critter News

Her letter to the Indian research facility is pretty distressing. Former Baywatch star and model Pamela Anderson has accused one of India's most prestigious research centres of animal cruelty, urging it to retire decades-old test monkeys and adopt humane practices. The former Playboy model says she cried while viewing the video, and described workers "slamming" animals against their wire cages and "taunting" the monkeys by pretending to kick them.

India 109

Ghoulish Primate Experiment in South Africa

Critter News

Johannesburg - A Bloemfontein man received a criminal record on Friday for a "backyard experiment" on a pregnant monkey, the NSPCA said. The NSPCA in November 2008 charged Jordaan for his "merciless treatment" of a heavily pregnant vervet monkey. She said the monkey's infant was removed by Caesarean section on October 31. This paralysed the monkey from the waist down and made her incontinent. animal experimentation animal research primates south africaWarning!

NASA Suspends Radiation Experiments

Critter News

For more than a year, we have worked to block NASA’s planned radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys. NASA has also announced its intention to “undertake a comprehensive review of the agency's current research and technology development plans to see how they align with the President's plan for human spaceflight,” the findings of which “will inform [its] decision making moving forward.” Because of your hard work, these monkeys will not be irradiated or otherwise abused.

Mini-Pigs Identified by EU as Potential Lab Subjects

Critter News

A research project into the feasibility of using miniature pigs in laboratories concluded they are better suited for testing toxins, drugs and chemicals than dogs and monkeys. Tags: europe animal research mini-pigs pigs I guess their cuteness wore off too quick! From myfoxny.com. The mini-pig, darling of celebrities’ handbags, may have had its bacon Sunday after the EU earmarked it as the laboratory test animal of the future.

Pigs 109

Protest To Stop Pointless Radiation Experiments

Critter News

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.

Air Canada To Stop Shipping Lab Primates

Critter News

Today, more than 40 animal advocacy organizations across Canada praised Air Canada for its recent decision to stop shipping non-human primates into the country for use in research laboratories. We applaud Air Canada for wanting to get out of the monkey business," said Brian Vincent, Coordinator of the CCAARE and Director of Stop UBC Animal Research. "We animal research airlines primarily primates animal laboratories air canadaExcellent news!

UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

Critter News

The University of California, Davis is the focus of a major federal complaint charging it and two other nationally known university research centers have killed dozens of primates through traumatic injuries, veterinary negligence and other violations. sponsored by SAEN {Stop Animal Exploitation Now}, an Ohio-based animal research watchdog group. The primate center at UC Davis has been cited several times after monkeys were killed in preventable lab mishaps.

Malaysian Official Says God Made Animals for Testing

Critter News

A Malaysian government official defended an Indian company's plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans. The activists say Malaysia has no regulations on animal research, which could lead to test subjects being abused. That's why he created rats and monkeys. God created monkeys, and some have to be tested.". Tags: animal research animal laboratories malaysia

2010 109

Ex NASA Employee Joins PETA Protest

Critter News

April Jean Evans was a NASA engineer, but resigned her position in protest over radiation experiments on monkeys. Tags: animal experimentation animal research primates PETA NASA That takes a lot of courage and conviction. 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.

Primate Breeding Facility Generates Controversy In Puerto Rico Itself

Critter News

They've been planning to build a facility to breed research monkeys in Puerto Rico for some time. Tags: puerto rico animal research primates Good! I come down hard on Puerto Rico, ever since the scandal in which dogs were being thrown off bridges by an animal control company. Plus, the horrible pictures I've seen of strays in Puerto Rico. Plus the fact that I personally know the Latin attitude towards animals. Plus, well, you get this picture.

Physicians Committee Accuses University of Washington of Cruelty to Ferrets

Critter News

I had never heard of the use of ferrets in medical research though. The UW has been cited in the past for deficiencies in animal research, including allowing a monkey to starve in 2009. In 2008, it had to return $20,000 in federal research grant money after a finding that it had allowed unauthorized surgeries on primates. animal research University of Washington ferretsI live in Seattle and I am always skeptical of how the UW treats its lab animals.

British-Funded Lab Under Investigation in Malaysia

Critter News

Animal rights campaigners have accused the Progenix Research lab, which uses monkeys, dogs, rodents and rabbits for toxicology testing, of poisoning the animals to death. Tags: animal research malaysia Malaysia, under pressure from animal rights activists, is going to investigate Progenix Labs. Malaysia is considering shutting down a controversial British-funded animal testing lab if there is evidence of cruelty there, the goverment's top veterinary official said on Sunday.

Key AETA Supporter Suspended Over Animal Welfare

Critter News

Michelle Basso was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin who worked with primates. Tags: animal research animal enterprise terrorism act primates University of Wisconsin She testified in favor of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Now, she's been suspended from working with animals.

AETA 109

UK Records Increase in Animal Testing

Critter News

The increase marks the greatest leap in animal use in medical research since 1986, when the government introduced new auditing procedures. 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

Southwest Primate Center "Celebrates" 10 Years

Critter News

This place is celebrating its 10th year with ground-breaking research into what makes us all fat. Comuzzie, a nationally prominent obesity researcher and geneticist at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, recently induced metabolic syndrome — risk factors associated with the human epidemic of diabetes and heart disease — by making the baboons' high-fat diet tastier and adding a sweet drink flavored with high-fructose corn syrup.

University of Washington Allows Primate to Starve to Death

Critter News

A monkey allowed to starve to death was just one of the complaints noted in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report on the UW National Primate Research Center in September. Tags: animal research University of Washington USDA I went to graduate school at the University of Washington here in Seattle. I've been hearing nightmare stories about the Primate Center for years. The ineptness and cruelty continues, but all in the name of "putting people first." Eff that.

SRI Denies Access to the Humane Society

Critter News

A Menlo Park research facility Monday refused to allow a humane society representative to check up on a monkey that bit a female lab worker the day before. SRI International officials said the lab worker is OK and because their facility is under federal oversight, the Peninsula Humane Society doesn't have to be given access to its research animals. Tags: animal research humane society primates If the incident is insignificant, then why deny access?

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. 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.". Part V: Me and My Monkey.

H. J. McCloskey on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

However, further research on animals such as whales and dolphins, although seemingly not in respect to monkeys, apes, chimpanzees, may yet reveal that man is not the only animal capable of being a bearer of rights. As regards animals, the position is clear.

Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

Critter News

The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. 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.

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Something to Be Concerned About

Critter News

From Alternet.org.all CAPS are my emphasis Under the law, an animal enterprise includes any business that deals in animal research or uses or sells animal products. This could be read as anything from a lab conducting medical research on monkeys to a gas station that sells beef jerky. If you and a friend GO ON THE WEB AND RESEARCH THE COMPANY whose practices you plan to protest, you may have just become a terrorist.

Laws 100

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Monkeys Think, Moving Artificial Arm as Own ” (front page, May 29): The brain really is a fascinating organ. I was also intrigued to read that “in previous studies, researchers showed that humans who had been paralyzed for years could learn to control a cursor on a computer screen with their brain waves.” So why were the monkeys used?