Thursday, April 14, 2011

Support for animal research falling....

The [Foundation for Biomedical Research (an industry front group)], which has tracked public attitudes about animal research since its creation in 1981, found "a surprisingly concerning drop in public support" for animal research from the 1990s, when it was over 70 percent, to 54 percent in 2008, [said Frankie Trull, the foundation's president and founder.]
See: Animal Rights: Scientists' Billboards Ask Whether You'd Save a Child or a Lab Rat: Pro-Research Billboards Ask the Public to Choose. JANE E. ALLEN, ABC News Medical Unit. April 14, 2011.

It's worth noting that "scientists" aren't asking this.... it's a shill front group for the industry.

Let's think for ourselves

[Posted by Rick Marolt]

Last summer, a resolution to create a Citizens Advisory Panel to study the ethics and treatment of monkeys in laboratories in Madison was introduced to the Dane County Board of Supervisors.  Self-interested researcher David O'Connor argued before the Executive Committee of the Board that the study was unnecessary because a working group in England had declared in 2006 that experimenting on monkeys was ethical.  After the Board voted not to withdraw the resolution from committee, effectively "killing" the resolution, the new director of the National Primate Research Center at UW-Madison, Jon Levine, said: "Those driving this resolution issue simply don’t like the conclusions drawn in previous discussions — that biomedical research involving the humane use of animal subjects is ethical."

These statements rest on two fallacies.  Or more.

To read the full post, please go to One Shared Planet.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This is Jeopardy!

Players, today’s Final Jeopardy category is ...

Animal Use Ethics
at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Players, write down your wagers.

Let's reveal the answer to today’s Final Jeopardy question:


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Alright players:

Let’s see what you wrote:

What percentage of UW vivisectors give a second thought to the morality of hurting animals?

No, I’m sorry, that’s not right. And you wagered? Everything. Sorry, that leaves you with nothing.

Moving on. You put:

What percentage of the many UW primate vivisectors who spoke out against the creation of a county-sanctioned citizens’ panel to examine the university’s use of monkeys also attended and asked a question at one of the university forums put on to appease certain County Supervisors?

No, I’m sorry, that’s not right either. And you wagered? Everything. Sorry, that leaves you with nothing as well.

Now to our returning champion. Let’s see what you wrote down:

What part of the university’s current use of animals has been addressed in the three public ‘forums’ held to address the university’s current use of animals?

That’s the correct answer! Let’s see what you wagered: everything. Good job. That makes you the winner and still our Jeopardy champion.

Oh, oh. Wait a minute. The judges have ruled that all the answers are correct.