Anti-Research Advocacy in Madison

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Interesting article on anti-animal research advocacy in Madison, WI. Tags: animal research medical research university of madison-wisconsin Madison is a key battleground because it is one of only 8 cities with primate centers in the country.

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

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.

Colorado State Cited for Animal Research Violations

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The animal research supporter I know says "we can do a better job of treating lab animals." Tags: animal research colorado state university Another university cited. Yah think?

PETA Leads Anti-Animal Research Protest at University of Utah

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This protest comes after an undercover PETA investigator collected evidence of alleged animal abuse in the University laboratories. Tags: animal research utah medical research PETA

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More Criticism of Animal Research

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More criticism of the quality of animal research. Here is the Editor of "New Scientist" who suppports animal research, BUT he points out the terrible quality of the research and reliability of the results. It really hurts the scientific community's arguments that animal research saves lives. Sounds like some researchers are just making a ton of money off this thing. How come so much animal research is second-rate?

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.

Serious Problems with Quality of Animal Research

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The writer of this Guardian article supports animal research, but admits there are many problems with the research itself. His arguments are not based on humane treatment of the animals, but whether these studies are even properly conducted. Tags: animal research I ask if these studies are not properly conducted, then why do them in the first place?

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.

Dane County Debates Wisconsin Animal Research

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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. WISC-TV has learned that a public debate on the ethics of monkey research will be held on campus in March, keeping alive a touchy campus debate that's been brewing for years. Tags: animal research primates university of madison-wisconsin

Animal Researchers Promote Sob Stories

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I don't support animal research and I have no sympathy for animal researchers. I don't believe they want an honest dialogue about what they are doing to animals. I don't believe they are "brave" for "standing up" to animal rights activists. I think they are clever cowards who use extremists to hide their work and to obfuscate the truth about what they do to animals and whether it is truly necessary.

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.

Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

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An enormous victory was achieved for animals this week when nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats were rescued from a North Carolina animal testing facility that closed its doors after an undercover investigation revealed apparent abuse of the animals by workers at the facility. Quick work on the part of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S.

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.

Weekend Protest Against the Oregon National Primate Research Center

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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

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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.

Putting a Happy Face on Utah's Animal Research Program

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PETA's undercover investigation showed some really questionable practices going on in the University of Utah's animal research program. Here, the Salt Lake Tribune tries to smooth things over by showing the "happy side, " by talking about the research subjects that end up being adopted. What if an animal doesn't make it through? Tags: animal research university of utah animal shelters

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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.

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. Actually, less than $1 million dollars went to animal welfare because a portion went to guide dog associations and that is human welfare as far as I’m concerned.) Originally, animal groups actually thought they’d get a huge piece of the estate because Leona Helmsley had supposedly wanted it that way. It’s more money for medical research.

Harvard Medical School Facility Accused of Improper Research Reporting

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Again, work by SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now.) 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. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act. Sounds awful. From the MetroWest Daily News.

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. Wouldn't Fluffy die without all the benefits of animal testing? Tags: animal experimentation animal research primates avma It should be no surprise that the American Veterinary Medical Association is an apologist.

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

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. Often the care of animals at such dealers is considered substandard.

More Federal Stimulus Money Used for Animal Research

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Tags: animal research Obama University of North Carolina federal stimulus It's really frustrating. Our country needs federal stimulus money and I was a big supporter of this initiative of President Obama's. But it disappoints and frustrates me to see it consistently used for purposes that I passionately oppose. To see an issue of such moral debate minimized to simply economic activity is just not right.

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. Plus, animals are messy, require feeding and constant care, draw protests, and, yes, can be a bit smelly.

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.

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. We'll see. I just signed up for the e-newsletter.

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.

Sri Lanka Attempts to Establish Animal Research Guidelines

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Last Monday (January 18, 2010), this country reached a milestone with regard to animal research when a booklet on the ‘Guidelines for Ethics Review of Research Proposals Involving Animals in Sri Lanka’, was launched at a simple ceremony held at the Colombo Medical Faculty presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Prof. Tags: animal research sri lanka From the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

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? How many of them actually see these animals in the labs? The RSPCA collected these signatures leading up to the the 7th World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Rome.

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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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Animal Research Grants a Waste of Taxpayer Money

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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.

Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

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I'm behind on my email and only just read this action alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Less than one year ago, Puerto Rico enacted a landmark animal protection law, based in part on a set of model laws drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. states and jurisdictions with regards to the strength of their laws protecting animals. Tags: animal experimentation puerto rico animal research primates medical research

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 think that people who are pro-animal research would come away with something to ponder, definitely the sense that this is not a pretty or sanitized practice.

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. There is more and more evidence that animal testing is NOT necessarily the best route to take. This story on HIV research is one example. Even if there are certain situations in which animal testing is the only option, ie. Tags: animal experimentation medical research monkeys

Interview with VP of PETA's Laboratory Investigations

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Tags: animal research PETA Interesting short interview with Kathy Guillermo.

Poet Laureate of California Questions Animal Testing

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Tags: animal research medical research Here's her piece in the Huffington Post.

A Place to Look For Animal Research News

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Tags: animal testing I stumbled across this site called FiercePharma that has all kinds of news about the drug industry. If you go to the very top, there are tabs for FierceBiotechResearch and other topics. Note - this company has a lot of industry news sites on a wide range of topics, so they do more then just drug company news. I've never heard of them before.

World Week for Animals in Laboratories is April 16-26

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Tags: animal experimentation animal research medical research I like this short opinion letter that gets right to the point.

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Animal Testing Center to Open in Malaysia

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

Profile of "Pro-Test"

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Here's a scathing overview in Primate Freedom of the new organization "Pro-Test," an organization of animal researchers who want to advocate for their work. Tags: animal research medical ethics medical research Long and impressive expose.

Primate Death at a Charles River Laboratories Facility

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Tags: animal research The macaque was not removed before the cage went through the commercial cleaners. Bad stuff.

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