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The Animal Research War by P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker Palgrave Macmillan: 2008, 224 pages. Buy now! (Amazon) In a dark room, buried in a nondescript building somewhere in London, an orderly array of new trainees sits silently, listening intently as a senior police official delivers a security briefing. Clicking through slide after…

Video Primer on Animal Research

Tom Holder–one of the founders of Pro-Test and now the head of a new organization Speaking of Research–has a released a five-and-a-half-minute video primer on animal research. It’s short, but it still manages to touch on most of the basics, so it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time:

Via Americans for Medical Progress comes news that Tom Holder of Pro-Test has started his own pro-animal research organization in the US, Speaking of Research. Here’s the full press release: The tide could be turning against animal rights activists who demonstrate on campuses around the nation. Today marks the launch of Speaking of Research (SR),…

When I first arrived in Oxford, about two and a half years ago, I found myself face to face with a very vocal and determined animal rights movement. Thriving on misinformation and intimidation–through their visible rallies and underhanded techniques of arson, grave robbing, and constant threats–they had stalled construction on Oxford’s new animal research building…

Pro-Test March this Saturday

Pro-Test, Oxford’s pro-animal research organization, will be holding its third major public demonstration this Saturday, 9 February: 09.02.08: Pro-test marching on two year anniversary On Saturday 9th February 2008 Pro-Test will march for a third time in support of animal research. We march to: Defend – the rights of researchers to work in peace Celebrate…

Animal Rights Extremists Strike Again

On October 20th, animal rights extremists acting under the banner of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) flooded the home of UCLA professor Edythe London. I don’t have too much to say about this latest incident, as it’s just one of a series of destructive actions associated with a movement that seems more interested in intimidation…

The winners of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced this morning. The prize went to Mario R. Capecchi (University of Utah), Martin J. Evans (Cardiff University), and Oliver Smithies (UNC), all for their work contributing to knockout (and knock-in) mice becoming one of the most powerful scientific tools available to biologists…

Or, at least that’s what I thought when I read this article from Saturday’s Guardian: Universities and medical schools have been criticised for increasing the number of animals used in research by more than 50% since 1996 while industry has reduced its procedures by 20% over the same period. Campaigners say that a cultural inertia…

A new study from the Research Defence Society (RDS) indicates that medical doctors in the UK overwhelmingly support the role of animal research in contributing to important medical advances. The RDS questioned four hundred general practitioners from across the UK about their feelings on the importance and necessity of medical research, and the results can…

In the comments of a recent post, one reader asked for recommendations of good science-related causes to donate to. Not having much (or any) disposable income myself–being a poor grad student and all–I realized that I didn’t have many suggestions myself. So, I asked around, and I found, not surprisingly, that there are a ton…