Animal Welfare Concerns May Be Influencing UK Animal Research

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This article in the Herald Tribune claims that animal rights is winning out over animal research. UK laboratories animal rights medical researchI would take the article with a grain of salt. I've read the same on the other side. It depends on who's writing the article of course.I think it's still a long, long fight. But perhaps these are positive signs. In a very depressing fight, every sign is worth something.

Key AETA Supporter Suspended Over Animal Welfare

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Michelle Basso was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin who worked with primates. From Current.com She was recently suspended from working with animals, a “rare move prompted by what officials called a ‘clear pattern’ of problems with animal welfare.” 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.

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Yale Animal Researchers Complain About Paperwork

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Yale animal researchers complain that all these darn regulations for animal welfare are creating too much paperwork. Tags: Yale animal research Oh waaaaa! insert crying baby here).

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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The National Animal Interest Alliance is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. Our members are pet owners, dog and cat clubs, obedience clubs and rescue groups as well as breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, farmers, fishermen, hunters and wildlife biologists.

Kansas University Tries to Correct Welfare Violations

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Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition. Farm animals used for food and fiber or for food and fiber research are not regulated under the AWA.”.Unlike Tags: animal cruelty proposition 2 cattle farm animal welfare agribusiness This is really interesting.

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.) But a group of trustees got together, determined she was mentally unfit at the time, and decided to “responsibly” donate to medical research instead. It’s more money for medical research.

Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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This year, the European Commission will issue a research contract, worth up to €1 million for a study into alternatives to the castration of pigs and dehorning of cattle. Tags: europe pigs farm animal welfare They castrate piglets in Europe for sanitary purposes (to avoid taint in the meat), but the methods are not terribly humane.

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 are working for human welfare. I would never advocate violence against a researcher. I almost quit a book club a year ago because one of the members is a proponent of medical research. All of this BS by medical researchers must be challenged. The title of this article is "Researchers to animal-rights activists: We are not afraid."

Uncovered Reports Show Three Research Labs Fined for Violations

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Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

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Quick work on the part of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S. We applaud the dedicated efforts of animal welfare advocates who stepped up to take in these animals, and hope that the exposure of this situation will underscore the need for stricter enforcement to protect animals in research facilities." Tags: animal abuse animal research cats North Carolina dogs PETA

USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

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In December, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a warning letter to the primate center for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates treatment of many commercial animals from pet kittens to laboratory guinea pigs. 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. Tags: medical research PETA animal welfare us

EU Bans Use of Great Apes in Animal Research

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Europe banned the use of great apes in animal testing Wednesday as part of drastically tightened rules to scale back the number of animals used in scientific research. After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the new limits, updating regulations from 1986, were adopted by the European Parliament despite objections from Green MEPs. Tags: chimpanzees europe animal research apes primates

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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.

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.

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.

European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. Researchers can continue most experiments on mankind's closest relatives -- chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans -- after European Union lawmakers watered down proposals to restrict testing. 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.

Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

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SAEN Files Complaints Against University of Washington Again

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An animal-rights group that watchdogs research facilities across the country has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, citing multiple incidents in which animals were injured, escaped from their cages or were found dead. Department of Agriculture, which regulates the care of research animals, will look into the complaint, said agency spokesman David Sacks. From the normantranscript.com.

Slate on Pepper: Stolen for Research

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Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate , has posted the first of a five-part series about animals used for research. A Dalmatian, stolen and sold for research, she was likely terrified and probably in enormous pain when she was killed, a couple of weeks after she was taken. Her death on an operating table in the Bronx would help animal welfare advocates break a long-standing stalemate in Congress and push through the most significant animal-protection bill in American history.

ALF Activists Glue Locks of U Cal Primate Researcher

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UCSF -- you've already had to pay out over $90,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for Lisberger's experiments on primates that include fluid deprivation, gluing metal coils to their eyelids, restraint chairs and invasive surgeries. How's thousands, even millions more, in damage to the researchers property and your school sound?

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USDA Investigating Clemson University

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The investigation is related to the Animal Welfare Act and Clemson's research activities, but no details are available at this time. Tags: universities animal experimentation animal research USDA medical research

New Iberia Inspection Documents Available

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Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

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He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations. 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. Here's his post about it.

Komen and KFC: A Match Made in Hell

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Aside from their support of animal research, I have enountered them in my line of work and find them corporate, condescending, and self-righteous. for cancer research. The more fattening food you eat, the more money goes to cancer research. Tags: animal research Stupid KFC farm animal welfare susan g. I am not a fan of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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EU Backing Cloned Animal Products

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It's bad enough having to deal with the welfare of normal farm animals, but what about the welfare of cloned animals? If they are cloned solely for the products they provide, will it be more difficult to argue for their welfare as living creatures? Concerns surround the ethics of the process, the welfare of the animals and a lack of research on food safety. Tags: europe cloning farm animal welfare

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Do Chickens Feel Empathy?

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The research is from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. farm animal welfare chickens animal emotionsHere's an article from the Telegraph regarding chickens feeling empathy. I used to hate chickens as a child and thought they were irritating. Now, I think they're wonderful and we sponsor Camilla the Chicken through Farm Sanctuary's animal sponsorship program.

EU Bans Battery Cages

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1, 2012, egg-laying hens across many European countries will live with fewer discomforts: The European Commission has officially implemented its ban on battery cages, the notoriously cramped cages used by many egg farmers and criticized by animal rights proponents and veterinarians who call them cruel and harmful to the birds' welfare. Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph in Ontario and the President of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada.

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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He pairs conventional wisdom with actual research on such wisdom and speaks to experts who’ve been pondering the issues from the perspectives of their various disciplines. The research, much of the time, doesn’t support the conventional wisdom (which is not to say the case is closed on any issue). At least his research on pit bull-types of dogs demonstrates the injustice they face. .

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Thousands Offered for Primate Freedom

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An animal rights activist has offered $30,000 to anyone who facilitates the freeing of primates, or the end of vivisection, at the University of Kansas, a place cited for numerous animal welfare violations. Tags: University of Kansas animal research vivisection primates He does not condone violent or illegal acts. Good luck.

FDA Recommends Banning Antibiotics from Feed

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Citing research showing that feeding antibiotics to animals on factory farms in order to promote growth "is not in the interest of protecting or promoting public health," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that farmers stop routinely mixing antibiotics into animal feed. Tags: antibiotics farm animal welfare factory farm

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Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

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We've argued in previous posts that factory farming is simply not conducive to animal welfare. Animal welfare is a cost of doing business, not a moral obligation. However, research based on finishing pig group opportunity costs calculated on mortality, culls and feed conversion to target reveals startling results, with the best to worst sites varying by $11 per pig, with the widest variance per site at $34 per pig.

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Air Canada Feeling Pressure to Stop Shipping Lab Monkeys

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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. 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.

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Good News for the Alamagordo Chimps!

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Bill Richardson on Thursday the chimps will not be transferred to a San Antonio, Texas, facility until the National Academy of Sciences reviews policies on using chimpanzees in biomedical research. The NIH proposed sending them to Texas to be used in research aimed at finding a hepatitis C vaccine. Animal welfare activists protested the transfer. chimpanzees animal research primates National Institutes of Health new mexico

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Millions of Animals Used in EU Experiments

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Around 12 million animals are used each year in the European Union (EU) for research purposes. This became clear from a report addressed at the European Parliament (EP) session on May 5–7, which seeks to vote on a directive concerning animal research. 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. Awful. From the Epoch Times.

Charles River Labs Continues Expanding

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Now, they are continuing their plans to grow into a significant drug research company by acquiring WuXi AppTec Co, a Chinese pharmaceutical contractor. The USDA here may be sadly wanting in its animal welfare oversight, but it is heaven compared to the vaccuum in China. Lord only knows what horrors researchers can commit over there with no accountability. Tags: Charles River Laboratories animal research china

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Physicians Committee Accuses University of Washington of Cruelty to Ferrets

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I had never heard of the use of ferrets in medical research though. A national physicians group has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, saying its use of ferrets to train medical residents in emergency procedures on babies and children violates a federal animal-welfare law. The UW has been cited in the past for deficiencies in animal research, including allowing a monkey to starve in 2009. animal research University of Washington ferrets

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.

University of Utah Cited by Dept. of Agriculture

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They received citations for animal welfare infractions, although apparently few of these infractions overlap with PETA claims from an undercover investigation. Tags: animal research utah university of utah undercover investigation PETA The Salt Lake Tribune claims the infractions are only minor (interesting how different publications will provide different spins). You decide. From the Deseret News.

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Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

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Department of Agriculture's online inspection reports and documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. The public doesn't want animals to suffer gratuitously in research laboratories," said Martin Stephens, Ph.D., vice president of animal research issues for The HSUS. Tags: animal research humane society university of minnesota All this stuff makes me sick.

Wisconsin-Madison Cleared by USDA

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison was cleared of animal welfare violations in a report released yesterday. Tags: animal research animal laboratories wisconsin It had twenty violations back in December 2009. According to the ten-page detailed report from December, the USDA cited sanitation, ventilation and enclosure concerns within the Center’s facilities.

Our Strange Relationship with Animals

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One is a meat-eating professor of animal welfare, another is an animal rights activist, and the third is an animal researcher. Tags: ethics animal rights medical research I thought this was an interesting piece contrasting three different people and their relationships with animals. This quote from the animal rights person is spot-on for me.[Maria's]

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New Podcast Uploaded for 01/26/10

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In this week's podcast ending January 26, 2010: **Animal rescue efforts are underway in disaster-stricken Haiti; **A research study involving the burial of live pigs is halted; **The blood sport of dogfighting enjoys a revival in Afghanistan; **And a report by animal welfare organizations criticize pig farming in the European Union.

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