Animal Research

Stifling Scientific Criticism of Animal Research Is a Desperate Maneuver

Troy Seidle | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Open and honest discourse and the free exchange of views is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry. Without it, ideas stagnate, progress is delayed, and the status quo prevails -- not because it deserves to, but because alternate viewpoints have been stifled.

Better Science Without Animal Suffering Showcased at World Congress on Alternatives 2014

Troy Seidle | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Humane Society International's global #BeCrueltyFree team has just returned from the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science...

Imperial College London 'Not Maintaining Legal Animal Welfare Standards'

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

One of the UK's leading scientific institutions has fallen short of its duty to maintain legal animal welfare standards, according to Government advis...

Cruelty Still Flies With Air France

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Most passengers aboard Air France flights probably have no idea that in the cargo holds right beneath their feet could huddle dozens of terrified monkeys locked in small boxes and headed for nightmarish laboratories or that their ticket supported a company that is knowingly delivering these unfortunate primate passengers to laboratories...

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

Animal Research: A New Era and a New Debate?

Barney Reed | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barney Reed

We want to see a debate framed in terms of what is happening now, not whether the use of animals led to a scientific discovery or progress eighty or a hundred years ago. Science, technology, and concern for animals have all evolved significantly since then, and the debate must too. Why is a specific animal 'model' or study thought relevant or valid now?

Chinese Scientists Receive Training in Non-Animal Testing Ahead of China's New Cosmetics Rule

Troy Seidle | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Next month, China is expected to implement the most significant change to its cosmetics testing regulations in more than 20 years - removal of mandatory animal testing for ordinary cosmetics manufactured within China. For the first time ever, Chinese companies will be able to choose to use a state-of-the-art non-animal test instead of a decades' old animal test.

If I Made My Money Telling Science Horror Stories I'd Be Worried About Open Labs Too

Chris Magee | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Chris Magee

Of course I'm not claiming animals never suffer in labs - that's why such research is licensed. My point is merely that it's likely that most people have a worse perception about what goes on than is the case in reality.

Anti-Vivisectionists Show Hypocrisy in Backing the Badger TB Vaccine

Chris Magee | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

Perhaps Brian May and Brian Blessed hold more nuanced views on animal research than absolute prohibition, but it is hard to tell when they offer their support to prohibitionist organisations. One thing is for sure: no animal research, no badger vaccine.

Is Cruelty the Institutionalised Standard in Animal Research?

Victoria Martindale | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

If it takes an undercover investigation, a review by an independent committee of experts, 65,000 signatures on a petition and an ongoing Home Office inquiry to bring these shameful acts of cruelty in one of our most prestigious Universities to light what hope is there for animal welfare standards in laboratories across the country?

Cures for the Leading Diseases in the Western World are on the Horizon

Troy Seidle | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.

Animal Researchers May Well Talk the Talk, but Are They Prepared to Walk the Walk?

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The animal research industry has learnt the PR value of acknowledging the need to consign to history the overwhelming secrecy which governs its work... But what does such verbiage actually mean?

Your Chance to Tell Animal Researchers What Openness Looks Like to You

Chris Magee | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Chris Magee

In October 2012, over 40 organisations involved with bioscience in the UK signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research, committing them to se...

MPs Should Think Twice Before Signing EDMs

Chris Magee | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

The name makes it sound as if these statements, which Members of Parliament can put their names to in support, lie at the foothills of some sort of legislative process, sparking debates and justifying Parliamentary scrutiny. In fact, the process begins and ends with MPs sending a letter to the Vote Office, where their name will be added to a list. They are essentially meaningless.

Are Standards for Lab Animals Really 'The Highest Possible'?

Barney Reed | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech
Barney Reed

Given our expanding understanding of animals' needs and their capacity to experience suffering, it is clear that some of the current provisions for animals are not the highest standards that could be possible.

A Nation of Animal Lovers? So Why Is Animal Testing on the Rise?

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Jasmijn de Boo

On 16 July, the Home Office released statistics regarding the types of 4.11 million scientific procedures on other animals used in 2012, which again show an increase compared to 2011 figures. The Vegan Society is deeply worried about this trend and the assumed effectiveness of animal research that exists among many scientists and parliamentarians.

Why the Animal Testing Licensing System Is Not Working

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Michelle Thew

The tragic situation for the animals at Imperial College also shows the need for more transparency, with publication of full project licences (with names and confidential information removed) instead of sanitised PR summaries.

The Welfare of Lab Animals Should Be Considered Every Day, Not Just Once a Year

Chris Magee | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Magee

One criticism of World Day for Laboratory Animals, is that protest groups tend to paint a very one-sided picture of animal research and are rather selective in their reporting. The picture below, for instance, originates from 1970s America, yet is still used today. Not representative, not this country, not even this century.

Will Researchers Agree to More Transparency in Animal Experiments?

Michelle Thew | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

Chris Magee writes in the Huffington Post "We all agree" that the European ban on animal testing for cosmetics is "fantastic news" that has been "a long time coming", but that the research community parts company with animal protection campaigns that seek to end animal testing for veterinary and medical uses.

We All Agree About Cosmetics, But We Still Need Animals for Medicine

Chris Magee | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Magee

The recent, fantastic, news that it will be illegal to sell cosmetics tested on animals across Europe has been a long time coming, and offers hope that the ban may one day spread outside of Europe. The use of animals for veterinary and medical applications, however, remains essential.

The 100 Year War: Why Diseases Can Take Generations to Tackle

Chris Magee | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Tech
Chris Magee

Every life scientist is standing on the shoulders of the previous generation. As we make ever greater inroads to understanding the functioning of living bodies, we should remember that, just because the utility of a piece of knowledge is not yet clear, doesn't mean the process of obtaining that knowledge can be considered a waste of time.

Home Office Stats Shine a Light on Animal Research

Chris Magee | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

In this document, each experiment is termed a "procedure". Roughly 3.8 million procedures are undertaken each year and some animals can be used for more than one procedure.

BUAV and the Art of the Red Herring

Chris Magee | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

An interesting row has arisen around the transposition of an EU Directive into UK law. It has been sparked by a claim that stray or feral animals will be used in animal research, and tells us a great deal about how anti-animal research lobbyists sometimes mislead their supporters by raising phoney "issues".

We Need to Hear the Whole Truth About Animal Research

Chris Magee | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

Animal research is a tough topic to discuss, a task made harder by breathless but groundless anti-vivisection narratives that mislead the public over various aspects of the issue.

People 'Will Suffer And Die' As Animal Rights Groups 'Choke Off Research'

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Tech

Vital medical research is being "choked off" and more people "will suffer and die" because airlines and ferry companies are refusing to bring animals ...