EDITORIAL : Exporting lab animal use does not help to end it

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May 2012:

Editorial feature: Exporting lab animal use does not help to end it

Respectively representing the National Association for Biomedical Research and public relations firm Berman & Company, speakers Matt Bailey and James Bowers opened the 38th annual conference of the Animal Transportation Association in Vancouver on March 19,  2012 with flamboyant warnings that animal advocates threaten the future of biomedical research by inhibiting the international exchange of animals for use in laboratories. Read more

Proposal for an Accord between Animal Advocates and the Biomedical Research Community

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2012:

Animal advocates hopeful of reaching an accord with the biomedical research community recognize that some biomedical research, testing, training and education using animals will continue in the foreseeable future. The biomedical research community has already agreed in principle that scientific use of animals should be subject to rigorous scientific review including serious consideration of non-animal alternatives and, if approved and funded, conducted in a manner which ensures that the smallest possible number of animals are involved, of species with the lowest potential for pain and suffering, and that such animals should be provided with optimum housing, handling, and care. However, we have identified areas in which both animal welfare and science might be improved in the practices of scientific institutions, in the regulation of animal use by public agencies, and in the federal Animal Welfare Act’s definition of “animal.” Read more

NIH announces end of funding for buying cats from Class B dealers

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

NIH announces end of funding for buying cats from Class B dealers

WASHINGTON D.C.-The National Institutes of Health on February 8,  2012 published notice that NIH grantees will be prohibited after October 1, 2012 “from using NIH funds to procure cats from USDA Class B dealers.  The procurement of cats may only be from USDA Class A dealers or other approved legal sources,”  the NIH said. Read more

NIH to quit funding new chimp studies– but broke past pledges

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, Jan/Feb 2012

By Merritt Clifton, Animal People


WASHINGTON D.C.–Deferring without delay to recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council,  issued just hours before,  the National Institutes of Health on December 15,  2011 suspended making new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees.  The NIH also agreed,  for the first time,  to apply uniform scientific and ethical criteria to evaluating chimp studies.

Reported the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council,  “Recent advances in alternate research tools have rendered chimpanzees largely unnecessary as research subjects.” Read more

Great Ape Trust turns to public fundraising after losing only major sponsor

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2011:
DES MOINES–Still housing seven bonobos and two orangutans,
after making deep program budget cuts, the Great Ape Trust “has
launched a fundraising campaign in a fight to stay open after founder
and sole funder Ted Townsend informed the staff his financial support
will cease at the end of the year,” reported Perry Beeman of the
Des Moines Register on August 25, 2011.
Founded by primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh in 2002 as the
Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary, opened in 2004 after two years of
construction, the Great Ape Trust “has conducted landmark cognitive
and social research on bonobos,” recalled Beeman. “But most of its
orangutans have already been shipped out to the Indianapolis Zoo, it
is ending contracts with some of its researchers, and its budget,”
according to Savage-Rumbaugh, “is now a fourth of what it once was.”

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EU vs. puppy mills & cosmetic mutilation

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2010:


Brussels–Moving to regulate puppy mills, promote pet
identification, and to prohibit devocalization, declawing,
ear-cropping, and tail-docking, the Council of the European Union
on November 29, 2010 formally asked the European Commission to
“study the differences between the measures taken by the member
states regarding the breeding of and EU trade in dogs and cats and,
if appropriate, to prepare policy options for the harmonization of
the internal market.”

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More health findings hit PMU industry

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2010:
(Actual press date November 3.)

LOS ANGELES, DALLAS–The fast-falling numbers of horses bred
to produce estrogen supplements made from pregnant mares’ urine are
expected to drop further after publication of new findings from the
U.S. government-funded Women’s Health Initiative linking estrogen
supplements to elevated rates of death from breast cancer and risk of
developing kidney stones.
The new findings came eight years after the Women’s Health
Initiative in July 2002 reported thatestrogen supplements appear to
be linked to increased risk of women suffering heart attacks,
strokes, and blood clots in their lungs.

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E.U adopts new rules for lab animal care & use

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2010:
(published October 5, 2010)
STRASBOURG–The European Parliament on Sept-ember 8, 2010
ratified an updated edition of the 25-year-old European Union rules
for animal use in laboratories. Member nations have two years to
establish compliance.
The new rules state that “When an alternative to animal
testing can be found it must be used.” Animal researchers are now
required to keep written histories of each individual non-human
primate, dog or cat used in experiments to document that their
welfare needs are met.

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New Mexico governor creates wild horse refuge & proposes chimp sanctuary

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2010:
(published October 5, 2010)
ALBUQUERQUE–New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on September
17, 2010 announced a plan to use $2.9 million in federal economic
stimulus money to multiply the size of Cerrillos Hills State Park,
20 miles south of Santa Fe, more than tenfold by adding the former
Ortiz Mountain Ranch to it, turning it into the largest wild horse
sanctuary in the world.
Then, just ahead of a September 21 media conference called
to discuss the wild horse sanctuary, Richardson toured the
Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base near
Albuquerque and recommended that it should become a non-invasive
behavioral research lab.

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