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Recent news stories featuring Americans for Medical Progress

Transparency in Animal Research

Written by Elizabeth Doughman

Research involving laboratory animals has contributed to scientific and medical breakthroughs that benefit both humans and animals. Despite this fact, many researchers involved in laboratory animal science are hesitant to talk about what they do because they fear attracting negative attention from animal rights groups. Read more.

Published January 27th, 2019 by Laboratory Equipment

Animal Rights Group: Review of V.A. Dog Research Long Overdue

Research on dogs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is officially under review to determine whether the dogs are being treated humanely and if the program is necessary.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is conducting the review after the animal rights group White Coat Waste Project launched a massive media campaign in 2017. It used information from public records requests to spotlight what it called “the mistreatment of puppies in painful heart attack studies.” Read more.

Published December 17, 2018 by Public News Service

Federal data shows nearly 3,000 rodents, cats and dogs are being used for research in SC

Written by Jerrel Floyd

In a small research room near the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, a tiny black mouse scurries across a glowing green miniature walkway as it tries to return to a nest of other mice. With each step, a bright green footprint follows.

The walkway, formally called the “CatWalk,” projects data onto a nearby computer screen where the mouse can be seen while its footprints are measured. The purpose of the experiment is to watch how the mouse applies pressure to each of its legs. Scientists hope to use this information to further fuel research into unique fractures commonly diagnosed among veterans. Read more.

Published December 16, 2018 by Post And Courier

In complex animal welfare matters, aim for the heart

Written by Austin Alonzo

Consumers in the developed world are setting the agenda for animal agriculture and extreme animal activist groups are playing a large role in influencing their opinion. In order to tell our side of the story, and defend our industry, we must aim for the heart.

I recently saw Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine and associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at the Baylor College of Medicine, speak about her experience fighting back against animal rights organizations looking to end the use of laboratory animals in medical research. Read more.

Published October 23, 2018 by

Dog research at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gets formal review

Written by David Grimm

Dog research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is going under the microscope. Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in Washington, D.C., began a formal review of studies involving nearly 100 canines at four VA facilities to determine whether the animals are being properly treated—and whether the work is necessary. Read more.

Published December 10, 2018 by Science Magazine

New therapies, advancements rely on dog research

Written by Paula Clifford

Recently, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie did something rarely seen in Washington, D.C., these days. He told the truth despite pressure from special interest groups to do otherwise. Mr. Wilkie explained that, like many other Americans, he is a dog lover. However, he also supports health studies in a limited number of canines to develop new therapies aimed at helping American veterans injured on the battlefield. Read more.

Published November 23, 2018, by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Record number of monkeys being used in U.S. research

Written by David Grimm

The number of monkeys used in U.S. biomedical research reached an all-time high last year, according to data released in late September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The uptick (see graph below)—to nearly 76,000 nonhuman primates in 2017—appears to reflect growing demand from scientists who believe nonhuman primates are more useful than other animals, such as mice or dogs, for testing drugs and studying diseases that also strike humans. Read more.

Published November 2, 2018, by Science Magazine

Mount Horeb referendum brings attention to divisive issue of animal testing

Written by Rob Schultz

MOUNT HOREB — Among the dozens of local referendums on state ballots next week is a hotly contested question in this Dane County village that is raising awareness of a little-known area business that breeds, sells and uses dogs for medical research.

The referendum is largely symbolic: The facility in question, Ridglan Farms, isn’t even in the village but in the nearby town of Blue Mounds so it can’t be affected legally no matter what happens in the election. If the referendum passes, the village will amend the language in an ordinance so that facilities that sell or use dogs or cats for animal research qualify as a public nuisance. Read more.

Published November 2, 2018, by Wisconsin State Journal

How to Handle the Initial Stages of an Animal Rights Campaign

Written by Jim Newman

Becoming the next big animal rights target is a major concern for any health research institution which studies animals in order to advance human and veterinary medicine. Too often, organizations are slow to react, assuming the traditional crisis communications rules apply.

They don’t, which is why an increasing number of research institutions are taking a new approach.

So, what can you do to respond more effectively when animal rights allegations surface? Read more.

Published October 23, 2018, by Laboratory Equipment

Airlines fight effort to force them to carry lab animals

Written by David Grimm

A last-ditch attempt by biomedical science advocates to force airlines to transport nonhuman primates and other research animals appears to be facing stiff headwinds. Last week, four international carriers strongly urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to summarily reject a plea from a leading research advocacy organization to order the airlines to resume flying animals to research facilities around the world. The request is “misguided,” “far-fetched,” and contrary to laws that allow airlines to decide what kinds of cargo they will carry, the companies argued. DOT has not said how it will respond. Read more.

Published October 2nd, 2018 by Science