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Letter to the editor: Critic of animal testing repeats multiple inaccuracies

There’s so much incorrect information in Gina Garey’s March 29 letter criticizing animal testing, it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, “adverse reactions to drugs” are not the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Accidents, including car accidents, are. Adverse drug reactions are not even in the top 10! Read more.

Published March 31st, 2022 by Portland Press Herald

Animal care panel sues own university, fearing harassment from animal rights activists

In an unprecedented move, members of a confidential group that oversees animal research at the University of Washington (UW) have sued their own school to block the release of their names to an animal rights organization. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been trying to obtain this information for more than a year, charging that the makeup of the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) violates federal law. But the committee’s members—citing an uptick in animal rights activism at the school, including protests at the homes of individual scientists—say they fear PETA and other animal rights organizations will use their names to target them. Read more.

Published March 15th, 2022 by Science

In a first, state bill would require nearly perfect welfare record for research dog and cat suppliers

A major supplier of dogs and other animals for academic and corporate research, which was cited last year for dozens of Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations at its Virginia beagle-breeding facility, was targeted by the state’s lawmakers this week. On 7 and 8 March, both houses of the Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would cripple a large facility run by a company called Envigo if a single serious animal welfare offense is documented there. The bill was sent yesterday to the desk of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, who has 30 days to sign or veto it, although any veto could be overturned with enough votes from legislators. Read more.

Published March 9, 2022 by Science.org

UC Davis primate lab sued to release documentation of Neuralink experiments

On Feb. 10, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against UC Davis for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act in its research with Neuralink, a company owned by Elon Musk. Additionally, the Physicians Committee filed a lawsuit against the university with Yolo County to release documentation related to the research in accordance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA) on the same day. Read more.

Published March 2022 by The California Aggie

The Elephant (and Mouse) in the Room

Eryn Dixon, PhD, describes herself as a non-confrontational person. The postdoctoral research scholar at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis doesn’t normally like to go toe-to-toe with someone, especially when it comes to controversial subjects. It’s in part why she didn’t always share that her lab research involved working with animals. Read more.

Published March 1, 2022 by American Physiological Society

Animal research essential to medical innovations

Day in and day out, health studies in animals provide critical new insights that improve both human and veterinary medicine.

This ethical, regulated scientific research is a cornerstone of health care innovation. But it is being threatened by activists who would like to replace Dr. Francis Collins, the longtime and highly respected director of the National Institutes of Health, with an ideologue. Read more.

Published February 19, 2022 by Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Letter to the Editor: ‘Doctors’

It’s pretty misleading for the organization criticizing Neuralink’s brain chip studies in animals to refer to itself as a “physicians group”

According to the group’s own website, doctors make up less than 10 percent of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s membership. On top of that, PCRM’s physician members account for less than 2 percent of all licensed doctors in the United States. Read more.

Published February 18, 2022 by Davis Enterprise

Neuralink critics lack medical credibility

Re. “Elon Musk’s Neuralink fends off animal abuse claims after criticism of its treatment of monkeys,” Feb. 15:

It’s pretty misleading for the organization criticizing Neuralink’s brain chip studies in animals to refer to itself as a “physicians group.” Read more.

Published February 17, 2022 by The Mercury News

Concerns Grow Over Monkey Brain Research At UC Davis Involving Elon Musk Company

There are growing concerns over medical research conducted at UC Davis on live animals. The experiments involve a company co-founded by Elon Musk.

For several years, more than 20 monkeys at the UC Davis primate center were used in research to treat brain disorders. Read more.

Published February 17, 2022 by CBS – Sacramento

Controversy Grow Over UC Davis Monkey Brain Research Involving Elon Musk’s Neuralink

There are growing concerns over medical research conducted at UC Davis on live monkeys involving a company co-founded by Elon Musk.

For several years, more than 20 monkeys at the UC Davis primate center were used in research to treat brain disorders. Read more.

Published February 17, 2022 by CBS – San Francisco