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Animal Rights and Human Needs Considered

“But Dr. Zaius, the benefits to apedom far outweigh this animal’s suffering.” Image: Planet of the Apes Greg Laden has posted three parts (with more on the way) of a series that looks at how we should decide what animals have rights, what those rights should be, and how we weigh those considerations against the…

    Image Source: Monkeys in the NewsMonkeys In the News has alerted me to an Associated Press story today about a Nevada research lab, part of Charles River Laboratories, that is one of the world’s largest suppliers of clinical and laboratory research services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The company was fined after thirty monkeys died…

(updated below – Update II – Update III)    CIA peppered bread with LSD in 1951            Image: The Telegraph Yesterday the UK newspaper The Telegraph published an article revealing that a mysterious 1951 outbreak of mass hysteria in France was actually the result of a secret experiment performed by the Central Intelligence Agency when they spiked the…

Animal Testing Statistics and Perspectives

In light of the recent discussion on animal testing and animal rights I thought a few additional points would be valuable. It is a fact that animal testing leads to some necessary medical advances that save lives. Anyone who would say differently doesn’t have the slightest clue what they’re talking about and should be dismissed…

Animal Rights and Human Rights

It’s wonderful to see that my Open Letter to the Animal Liberation Front has generated discussion on this important topic. The issue as I see it is really quite simple and boils down to two essential issues: the benefits to science versus the ethics of invasive animal experimentation. The British Medical Journal study and BUAV…

An Open Letter to the Animal Liberation Front

(updated below) My piece for The Huffington Post has just gone up concerning the latest incidents involving neuroscientist Dario Ringach and the targeting of his children by animal rights extremists. For more on this see Dr. Free-Ride, PZ, PalMD, Scicurious, MarkCC, Nick Anthis, Drugmonkey and Orac. Dear ALF, I address you not because your organization…

       Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulip, Rembrandt (1632)I have been extremely ill this week which has prevented me from posting as often as I would have liked. However, I have been keeping up on the suggestions offered to explain the nearly 300-year-old medical mystery involving “hairy crustaceous substances” voided in a woman’s urine. Of all the…

(updated below)      Image: Henri Gervex (1852-1929)     Doctor Preau Operating at the St.     Louis Hospital.Honoured SIR and MADAM, In researching the history of science one often comes across bizarre claims about the natural world that reveals the limit of knowledge available to researchers of the past. However, sometimes a case comes up that seems to be a genuine…

The Shadow of Scientific Opinion

    Wall Street’s shadow in New York City As the education reformer and philosopher John Dewey once stated, “politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” Unlike other critics of scientific communication, it is my contention that as long as we only address the…

What do the following countries have in common? Bahrain, Burma, China, Iran, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan If your answer is that they’re some of the most corrupt, authoritarian nations in the world you’d be correct. If you associated them with significant human rights abuses, you would also…