Written by Abigail Takas
PETA ranks University among ‘worst’ for animal testing
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued a press release last week naming the University of Michigan as one of the “worst” universities for animal testing. PETA’s “Failed Tests: Campus Cruelty Report” investigated hundreds of universities across the country and ranked them as “bad,” “worse” and “worst.” PETA ranked U-M as one of the 93 schools categorized as “worst,” a distinction given to only about 14 percent of the 657 colleges investigated. Read more.
Written by Rebekah Allen
COLLEGE STATION — A colony of golden retrievers and Labrador mixes lives in an unmarked building at Texas A&M. Few Aggies will ever see them, and many of the dogs will never know another home. Read more.
Written by Ruth Hailu
Federally funded research labs conduct thousands of experiments that rely on monkeys and other nonhuman primates — and now, Congress is ramping up its scrutiny of that science.
As part of the congressional appropriations process in the House this year, lawmakers directed both the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to produce reports detailing the ways the agency’s scientists use the thousands of nonhuman primates in their research centers. Read more.
Written by Carrie Antlfinger
Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health.
But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement — in larger enclosures that let them venture outside, eat lettuce and carrots, dip their fingers in colorful plastic pools, paint, and hang from pipes and tires — in relative quiet. Read more.
Written by JoAnne Viviano
An animal welfare group has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate and fine the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus over a pig that had to be euthanized in March after a surgery broke protocol in a federally funded project. Read more.
Written by Elizabeth Doughman
Two months ago, pressure from animal rights groups ended critical research involving cats at the United States Department of Agriculture. Now, these groups are continuing efforts to stop animal research, concentrating on non-human primate and canine studies and research techniques used for studying depression. Read more.
Written by Paula Clifford
The eye-catching headlines were hard to miss: “Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Research Kitten ‘Slaughter,’” “USDA Turning Lab Cats Into Cannibals.” And the news stories that followed sounded more like science fiction than science.
So when the Department of Agriculture recently ended its feline studies in the face of public pressure, it likely surprised no one. But looking back, did government researchers fail us? Or perhaps, did we fail them? Read more.