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  • Marijuana makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks

    08/30/2016 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 48 replies
    University of British Columbia @ medicalxpress ^ | August 24, 2016 | University of British Columbia
    New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes lazinessó at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task. "Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy," said Mason Silveira, the study's lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC's department of psychology. "What's interesting, however, is that their ability to do the...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    ‚ÄúPotentially unethical.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs how one expert described an Italian scientist‚Äôs plan to perform a ‚Äúhead transplant‚ÄĚ by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‚Äėrecipient‚Äô head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is ‚ÄúPOTENTIALLY unethical?‚ÄĚ Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only ‚Äúpotentially‚ÄĚ unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it‚Äôs possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person‚Äôs head onto another person‚Äôs spine. The...
  • The True Story of Ebola in Reston, Virginia

    08/04/2014 1:37:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/14 | Ileana Johnson
    In October 1989 people in the community of Reston, Virginia went about their daily lives not realizing that a serious crisis was developing right in their back yards that would not be entirely resolved until March 1990. It was a serious calamity that could have wiped out the entire population. This dire emergency was described twenty years ago by Richard Preston in his non-fiction book, ďThe Hot Zone.Ē The ďhot zoneĒ refers to an ďarea that contains lethal, infectious organismsĒ also dubbed ďhot agent,Ē an ďextremely lethal virus, potentially airborne.Ē (Richard Preston, The Hot Zone, Random House, New York, 1994,...
  • Special Report: Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

    01/01/2014 5:56:02 PM PST · by fella · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
    (Reuters) - The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state. As cattle trailers that had traveled up to four hours in 95-degree heat began to unload, 15 heifers and steers hobbled down the ramps on August 5, barely able to walk. The reason: The animals had lost their hooves, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents show the 15 animals were destroyed. The next day, the hottest day of the...
  • N.J. jury convicts animal rights activists

    03/02/2006 1:48:47 PM PST · by LouAvul · 11 replies · 630+ views
    ap via modbee ^ | 3-2-06 | jeff gold
    An animal rights group and six members were convicted Thursday of inciting violence against a company that tests drugs and household products on animals. The group, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, maintained its actions were protected under the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. The government charged that SHAC waged a five-year campaign of threats, harassment and vandalism against Huntingdon Life Sciences and posted information on the SHAC Web site about the lab's employees and those who do business with Huntingdon. Many of those targeted saw their homes vandalized, and they and their families received threatening e-mails, faxes and phone...
  • Live pigs blown up in government terrorism experiments

    01/24/2010 8:37:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies · 1,030+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 24, 2009 | By Amy Willis
    Eighteen pigs wrapped in protective Kevlar blankets were blasted in a bid to help scientists understand more about the effects of bomb blasts on victims. The animals were placed less than three yards from an explosive. Before being blown up, tubes were inserted into their blood vessels and bladders, and their spleens were removed. Medics hope the experiments will help British soldiers in Afghanistan as well as casualties of terror attacks like the July 2005 bombing of the London Underground and a double-decker bus. No pigs survived the experiments.
  • Animal-rights activists plan Pendleton protest over live pigs

    08/12/2009 10:33:23 AM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 2 replies · 356+ views
    OC Register ^ | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | VIK JOLLY
    Animal-rights activists plan to protest today against Camp Pendleton's use of live pigs in medical training for troops that they argue is antiquated and cruel but officials call life-saving. The demonstration comes on the heels of published reports that the base last week trained Marines at an avocado ranch in northeastern San Diego County owned by a retired Marine who is also an Escondido police officer. During the training, according to news accounts, 2- to 3-month-old pigs ranging from 140 to 200 pounds were sedated before instructors used scalpels to inflict wounds and then watched as Marines worked to keep...
  • Animal-rights extremism endangers human rights

    08/06/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 3 replies · 275+ views ^ | 08/06/2009 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    When General Electric Co. subsidiary GE Healthcare recently unveiled its plan to use human embryonic stem cells in its drug trials, the company proudly touted one of the plan's potential benefits: Using stem cells derived from the destruction of human embryos may make the experiments on rats unnecessary. "This could replace, to a large extent, animal trials," Konstantin Fiedler of GE Healthcare told a reporter, according to Reuters news agency. "Once you have human cells and you can get them in a standardized way, like you get right now your lab rats in a standardized way, you can actually do...
  • Animal rights extremists target Novartis

    08/05/2009 11:34:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 480+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | 8/4/2009
    The holiday home of Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella has been badly damaged by fire, a week after his mother's grave was desecrated by animal rights militants. Although police do not know who or what caused the fire early on Monday morning in the Tyrol, there is speculation that it is the work of the same group that took the urn of Vasella's mother on July 27. Her gravestone was defiled with a message saying the Basel pharmaceutical company must sever its ties with Britain's Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the largest contract animal-testing company in Europe. The recent attacks...
  • FBI's Most Wanted lists 1st domestic terror suspect

    04/20/2009 8:13:52 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 38 replies · 2,124+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2009 | Ben Conery and Audrey Hudson
    The FBI on Tuesday will for the first time add the name of a domestic-terrorism suspect to its list of Most Wanted Terrorists, a post-Sept. 11 creation that until now has included only suspected Islamist terrorists, a law enforcement official told The Washington Times. Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old animal rights activist, is wanted in connection with the 2003 bombings of two companies in the San Francisco Bay Area linked to an animal-testing laboratory. San Diego will take his place on a list that has included notorious international terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri and Adam Gadahn,...
  • The lowdown on animal testing for cosmetics - European Union continues phasing out animal...

    03/13/2009 10:36:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,959+ views
    Nature News: Briefing ^ | 11 March 2009 | Alison Abbott
    European Union continues phasing out animal experiments.The European Union has outlawed the use of animals in seven toxicity tests for cosmetics ingredients.Alamy An amendment to the European Union's Cosmetics Directive today phases out the use of animals in testing for any acute toxic effects of beauty products and toiletries ó effects such as eye and skin irritation that might be seen shortly after exposure. Nature News finds out what this entails.What is the Cosmetics Directive and how is it changing? The Cosmetics Directive was introduced in 1976 to enforce high safety standards for cosmetics across the EU member states. It...
  • 4 Rights Activists Guilty Of Blackmailing Animal Testing Firms (U.K.)

    12/23/2008 9:18:01 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 379+ views
    All Headline News ^ | December 23, 2008 | AHN Staff
    London, England (AHN) - The Winchester Crown Court found on Monday four rights activists guilty of blackmailing animal testing firms which supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Huntingdon, based in Cambridge, conducts animal testing for U.K. pharmaceutical industry. The four are members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Five SHAC members were charged of blackmailing, but only Gerrah Selby, Daniel Wadham, Gavin Medd-Hall and Heather Nicholson were declared guilty. The fifth accused, Trevor Holmes, was cleared of the charges. They all denied conspiracy to blackmail which included threats such as claiming the managers of the animal testing companies were pedophiles, sending fake...
  • Terminally Ill Rodents With Type 1 Diabetes Restored To Full Health With Single Dose Of Leptin

    08/26/2008 2:28:48 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 327+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 26, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 26, 2008) ó Terminally ill rodents with type 1 diabetes have been restored to full health with a single injection of a substance other than insulin by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since the discovery of insulin in 1922, type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) in humans has been treated by injecting insulin to lower high blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic coma. New findings by UT Southwestern researchers, which appear online and in a future issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that insulin isn't the only agent that is effective. Leptin, a...
  • UC bombings linked to animal rights activists

    08/03/2008 8:57:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 261+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2008 | Wyatt Buchanan,Demian Bulwa
    Investigators sifting the evidence of two firebombings targeting UC Santa Cruz biologists believe the potentially lethal devices are similar to ones used in the past by animal rights activists, authorities said today. The bombs were so powerful they were like "Molotov cocktails on steroids," said Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark. One struck the home of assistant biology Professor David Feldheim on Saturday morning, forcing him to flee with his family. The other exploded just a few minutes earlier, gutting a car parked outside the campus home of a second researcher. Later, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies went to the...
  • Austrian police question 10 animal rights activists suspected of arson

    05/24/2008 12:06:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 5/24/2008
    VIENNA, Austria ó Austrian authorities say they are questioning 10 animal rights activists suspected of arson, sabotage and other crimes. Investigators say six of the suspects have been placed in pretrial detention for their alleged involvement in militant animal rights groups. Officials allege that the suspects are behind numerous arson fires and vandalism targeting food, clothing, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies. Prosecutors say the 10 were arrested earlier this week after a monthslong investigation into radical animal rights groups. Austrian media reported today that one of the suspects has begun a hunger strike while in custody. Investigators say the suspects used...
  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts

    12/03/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 759+ views
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 7 minutes ago He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • South Korean scientists breed cats that glow in the dark

    12/13/2007 5:56:47 AM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 406+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | December 13, 2007 12:00am
    SOUTH Korean scientists have bred cats that glow in the dark by inserting a fluorescence protein gene into the DNA of clones, which makes them glow under ultraviolet light. The procedure could help scientists develop treatments for genetic diseases in humans. Scientists led by Kong Il-keun of Gyeongsang National University produced three cats with altered fluorescence genes, the Science and Technology Ministry said. "It marked the first time in the world that cats with RFP genes have been cloned," the ministry said in a statement.
  • Japan scientists develop fearless mice

    12/13/2007 6:02:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 38 replies · 151+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-13-07 | KAORI HITOMI
    In this undated photo released by Tokyo University's Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry Graduate School of Science, a genetically modified mouse approaches a cat in Tokyo. Using genetic engineering, scientists at Tokyo University say they have successfully switched off the rodents' instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats, showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not leaned through experience, as commonly believed. (AP Photo/Ko and Reiko Kobayakawa, Tokyo University Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry Graduate School of Science, HO) Cat and mouse may never be the same. Japanese scientists say they've used genetic engineering to create...
  • PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal cruelty

    12/08/2007 5:04:56 AM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies · 608+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 8, 2007 | staff reporter
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a boycott of M&Ms, Twix candy bars and other snack foods made by Mars Inc, claiming the company funds experiments that kill mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. "In violation of its own written policy, the candy company is currently funding a study at the University of California, San Francisco, that uses rats. The rats are force fed by having plastic tubes shoved down their throats, and they are then cut open and killed," PETA said in a statement. "In response to this new information, PETA...
  • Animal-rights group admits vandalizing scientist's home (OR)

    12/07/2007 4:27:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 171+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | December 7, 2007 | Bryan Denson
    Animal-rights saboteurs have claimed responsibility for vandalizing the Portland home of a research scientist who uses monkeys to study the causes of premature birth in humans. In a communique obtained by The Oregonian today, the Animal Liberation Front acknowledged striking two autos owned by Dr. Miles Novy with spray-paint graffiti and paint stripper. "Novy's reproductive research on primates has resulted in this senseless torture of one of natures most magnificant creatures," ALF saboteurs wrote in a message sent to the Animal Liberation Press Office. "This blatant disregard for the earth, animals and it's resources shall not go unseen by the...
  • NIH Mass Produces 'Human' Mouse

    12/01/2007 6:47:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 259+ views & Human Events ^ | 2001 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Institutes of Health has spent millions of dollars over the past decade funding the mass production of a creature that is part mouse and part human.† Every one of these most peculiar rodents requires live tissue extracted from the liver and thymus of a human childĖand every child who donates tissue to create such mice is first killed by a medical doctor. They are victims of abortions that cannot take place until at least the eighth week of pregnancy, when the fetal liver is finally formed.† Although history may someday record the saga of this mouse as...
  • Tax-Funded Research Implants Aborted Fetal Tissue in Mice

    12/01/2007 5:24:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 113+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 28, 2007 | Pete Winn
    American scientists are using tissue from aborted babies in genetically engineered mice to study how certain diseases are spread, and the experiments are being paid for with U.S. tax dollars.† It's not clear how much fetal tissue is used or how it is supplied. Scientists involved in some of the research at the National Institutes of Health refused to speak with Cybercast News Service about their work. The experiments started 20 years ago, when scientists first began implanting or injecting a mouse without an immune system with human cells or tissue to study diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and certain cancers....
  • Judge throws out animal rights lawsuit against UCSF

    11/27/2007 8:39:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 149+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/27/7 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO - A lawsuit by animal-rights advocates accusing UCSF of illegally spending state money on painful and unnecessary experiments on dogs and monkeys was dismissed Tuesday by a San Francisco judge, who said Congress has designated federal regulators, not the courts, to oversee the research. "You want to have the court become the regulator of this particular lab," Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney told a lawyer for six health professionals who filed the taxpayer suit against the university. "I don't think that's what Congress intended." The plaintiffs wanted Mahoney to halt what they called illegal experiments and appoint a...
  • Cancer-resistant mouse discovered

    11/27/2007 5:58:10 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 49 replies · 650+ views
    University of Kentucky ^ | 27-Nov-2007 | Amy Ratliff
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 27, 2007) ‚ąí A mouse resistant to cancer, even highly-aggressive types, has been created by researchers at the University of Kentucky. The breakthrough stems from a discovery by UK College of Medicine professor of radiation medicine Vivek Rangnekar and a team of researchers who found a tumor-suppressor gene called "Par-4" in the prostate. The researchers discovered that the Par-4 gene kills cancer cells, but not normal cells. There are very few molecules that specifically fight against cancer cells, giving it a potentially therapeutic application. Funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, Rangnekar's study is...
  • Body Shop founder Roddick dies

    09/10/2007 4:27:16 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies · 638+ views
    CNN ^ | Sept.10,2007
    The founder of The Body Shop, which grew from one shop in southern England to an international chain, has died, the chairman of Body Shop International confirmed Monday. Dame Anita Roddick, 64, died after suffering a major brain hemorrhage, her family said in a statement to the UK Press Association. Her husband, Gordon, and daughters, Sam and Justine, were all with her at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, England. The Body Shop chain became a massive success selling "green" cosmetics as customers were becoming environmentally aware.
  • FBI probes bomb claim (More domestic terrorism at UCLA)

    06/28/2007 11:16:37 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 3 replies · 324+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/29/07 | By Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
    The FBI and the Los Angeles Fire Department are investigating an anonymous claim that animal rights extremists placed an unexploded incendiary device found under the car of a prominent UCLA eye doctor last weekend. The incident was similar to one last year in which another UCLA researcher was the intended target. A gasoline-filled device was discovered Sunday by the car outside the Westside home of Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum, who is chief of pediatric ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. The device did not ignite despite evidence of an attempt to light it, authorities said Thursday. An e-mail on Wednesday...
  • Al-Qaida Terror Plot Foiled, Say French Police

    01/11/2004 7:16:35 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 315+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-12-2004 | Jon Henley
    Al-Qaida terror plot foiled, say French police Jon Henley in Paris Monday January 12, 2004 The Guardian (UK) The French police are convinced that their country has escaped a planned chemical or biological attack by an Islamist cell linked to al-Qaida. An interior ministry official said evidence from Islamist militants arrested in the Lyon area last week made it "very plain" that an attack with the deadly botulism or ricin toxins was being actively prepared. The eight suspects arrested on Tuesday were mainly relatives of Menad Benchellali, the son of a radical imam in the Lyon suburb of Venisseux, who...
  • Diets of rodents may have tainted decades of research

    08/02/2006 2:16:46 PM PDT · by oxcart · 45 replies · 1,370+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 08/01/2006 | By SUE GOETINCK AMBROSE
    For decades, in thousands of laboratories across the country, biomedical researchers have relied on laboratory rats and mice to devise treatments for cancer, heart disease, inflammation and a host of other human afflictions. But what if, despite all the rigorous procedures to ensure valuable test results, many of those studies have been skewed by the most seemingly mundane of factors: what the animals are routinely fed? The concern is that researchers have unwittingly administered hormones present in some rodent chow. A small but growing number of scientists are warning that these hormones are a hidden element in millions of laboratory...
  • Report claims experiments on monkeys are vital

    06/03/2006 1:24:29 PM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies · 181+ views
    New Scientist ^ | June 2, 2006 | Andy Coghlan
    Experiments on non-human primates are the only option for some areas of medicine, according to a report published by the UKís Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust on Friday. The report lists medical advances that they claim would have been impossible without experiments on monkeys. The publication of the report looks set to aggravate a bitter propaganda war between pro- and anti-vivisectionists trying to win public support on the issue of primate experiments. On Monday, a report is expected to be launched by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection calling for a complete ban on monkey experiments...
  • Human cells on silicon chips mimick human body for drug testing

    05/30/2006 6:04:16 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 2 replies · 521+ views
    newscientist ^ | 27 may 2006
    Dawn of the zombies 27 May 2006 From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. Robin Orwant IT STARTS out like any silicon chip: intricate patterns are drawn with light and etched with acid. But this is no microprocessor destined for a computer. Instead there are minuscule chambers filled with human cells: liver cells, lung cells, fat cells, all connected by tiny channels. A nutrient fluid is pumped through the channels, flowing from one chamber to another just as blood flows from organ to organ in the body. That's the whole point. The chip, created by Michael...
  • Animal lab supporters go on march (Scientists do a good street protest)

    02/26/2006 3:23:37 PM PST · by VOA · 9 replies · 335+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-06 | (uncredited)
    Hundreds of people marched in support of animal testing at Oxford University's new £18m biomedical research centre on Saturday. Students, academic staff and members of the public gathered near the lab site, being built under strict security. Anti-vivisection activists, who believe animal testing "belongs in the past", want to stop the centre opening. (snip) Laurie Pycroft, the 16-year-old founder of the student movement Pro-Test, which sparked the campaign in favour of the new laboratory, said: "I felt that it was about time to speak out in support of scientific research." At one point, the two rival groups stood just a...
  • Using the unaware to promote a vile political agenda

    02/17/2006 2:37:05 PM PST · by Anne_Conn · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2006 | Kathleen Marquardt
    PeTA gave Pat Buchanan an award ostensibly because he saved the life of a turtle. In actuality, they are using him and his compassion for animals to promote their sick and twisted agenda.
  • Death of Operatives a Blow to al-Qaida

    01/19/2006 1:06:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/06 | Hans Gremel - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - One is believed to be a chemical weapons expert, another allegedly plotted assassinations. A third planned attacks targeting U.S. troops, while a son-in-law publicized their exploits in the name of al-Qaida and recruited new militants. Now this top group is believed to have been wiped out by a U.S. missile strike. If true, it's far from a death blow to al-Qaida, but analysts say it could weaken the terror group's operations in Afghanistan, which has seen an alarming rise in suicide attacks. The strike apparently missed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri. And an audiotape aired Thursday, the first...
  • Animal Rights Extremists' Brute Victories - Research Protesters Are Getting Their Way

    09/24/2005 7:10:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 461+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 24, 2005
    LONDON, SEPT. 24, 2005 ( Extremists in England bent on stopping laboratory tests using animals scored a recent victory in their long-running battle. Darley Oaks farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, announced plans to stop breeding guinea pigs after ceding to a six-year campaign of intimidation, the BBC reported Aug. 23. One of the more recent acts that spurred the decision was the theft of the body of a family member from the local churchyard last October. Over the years the owners of the farm, the Hall family, have been the target of harassing phone calls, bomb scares, and arson attacks. Local...
  • Stem cell research with monkeys sparks debate

    07/16/2005 12:02:42 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 9 replies · 191+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 14, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Stem cell research with monkeys sparks debate Grafting human cells into animals' brains seen having ethical ramifications Updated: 5:24 p.m. ET July 14, 2005 The insertion of human stem cells into monkey brains runs a "real risk" of altering the animals' abilities in ways that might make them more like us, scientists said today. A panel of 22 experts ó including primatologists, stem cell researchers, lawyers and philosophers ó debated the possible consequences of the technique for more than a year. While the group agrees it is "unlikely that grafting human stem cells into the brains of non-human primates would...
  • PETA or Medical Research?

    05/27/2005 7:33:11 AM PDT · by weekendwarrior · 5 replies · 288+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Steven Milloy
    PETA or Medical Research? May 27, 2005 Steven Milloy People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched a campaign last week against a drug testing company for alleged violations of animal welfare laws. Itís a smokescreen for animal rights extremistsí real agenda ó a complete ban on the use of laboratory animals. PETA claimed at a news conference last week that one of its staffers worked undercover at a biomedical research lab in Vienna, Va., run by Covance, Inc., allegedly videotaping technicians improperly handling monkeys. Covance, which doesnít have a history of violating animal welfare laws and regulations, responded in...
  • Animal rights activists target medical field

    05/19/2005 9:33:13 AM PDT · by worldclass · 12 replies · 841+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/19/2005
    Last month, animal rights extremists followed the wife of a pharmaceutical company executive to her job, rifled through her car and stole a credit card. They used it buy $20,000 in travelers checks, which they then donated to four charities. ďIf we find out a dime of that money granted to those charities was taken back we will strip you bear (sic) and burn your (expletive). This is OUR insurance policy.Ē
  • Wis. Professor to Test Stun Guns on Pigs (PETA outraged)

    03/29/2005 4:08:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 17,732+ views
    My Way via Drudge ^ | 3/29/05 | Ryan J. Foley
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to study whether stun guns alone can kill pigs - or whether other medical factors must be at play - as part of an effort to understand why 70 people have died in North America since 2001 after being shocked by Tasers. Led by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, outraged animal rights activists are calling for an end to the two-year study by John Webster, a professor emeritus of biomedical engineering. Police hail stun guns as a nonlethal way to restrain unruly suspects. But critics blame...

    12/30/2004 5:47:37 PM PST · by Heartlander · 20 replies · 584+ views
    TeleoLogic ^ | 12-22-04 | Mike Gene
    RICHARD DAWKINS WORLD By Mike Gene This page is not completely in character for this site. Nevertheless, Prof. Richard Dawkins is such a Big Player[1] in this overall debate that some aspects of his extremism beg for comment. As such, I will use the page to comment on some of Dawkinsí extremism and update it accordingly (so you might want to check back periodically). As of November 2003, Cambridge University had planned to build a primate research center. Professor Tony Minson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, of Cambridge University, said ďWe are pleased that this important research centre has been given the go-ahead by...
  • Stop apologising for animal experiments

    12/25/2004 6:04:47 PM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 7 replies · 361+ views
    Spiked Online ^ | 11-26-04 | Helene Guldberg
    We don't need more laws against animal rights activists, but a more robust defence of animal experimentation. This year's Queen's Speech, in which the British government sets out its lawmaking agenda for the forthcoming year, was dominated by a string of anti-crime measures - including an unprecedented criminal offence that targets 'economic sabotage' conducted by animal rights extremists. In the past year alone, activists' have succeeded in blocking the £24million primate research centre at Cambridge University, and interrupting work at the £18million animal research facility at Oxford University. UK prime minister Tony Blair, who has vowed to make Britain a...
  • NYP: THE ROOTS OF CANCER PHOBIA -- The great Cranberry Sauce Scare of '59

    11/25/2004 7:57:52 AM PST · by OESY · 31 replies · 997+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 25, 2004 | ELIZABETH M. WHELAN
    Forty-five years ago this week, ...1959, most Americans celebrated Thanksgiving sans cranberry sauce. Earlier that month, a government health official had announced that traces of the weed killer aminotriazole ó a chemical that caused cancer in rodents ó had been found in the cranberry crop. The spokesman urged housewives to "be on the safe side" and refrain from buying cranberries because the rodent data suggested that the "contaminated" cranberries could pose a human cancer risk. There was never any real health risk. The cranberry scare of 1959 marked the beginning of a modern wave of "chemical phobia" and a government...
  • Good for the goose (PETA Hypocrites)

    09/02/2004 12:57:39 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies · 761+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | Sep 02, 2004 | Editorial
    Janet Tomlinson's name may not ring many bells. Miss Tomlinson, 61, has been an animal-rights rebel in Great Britain for more than 20 years. The Times of London reports she is "a regular protestor" at a guinea-pig farm that supplies animals used in medical research as well as at companies that test products on animals. In May, she was arrested at a protest outside a police station. After a magistrate dismissed an assault charge against her, she raged, "I will not stop fighting this unashamedly biased police force until they are handing me those poor guineas from those stinking sheds!"...
  • Kill scientists, says animal rights chief

    07/24/2004 8:19:42 PM PDT · by aculeus · 57 replies · 1,540+ views
    The Observer (UK) ^ | July 25, 2004 | Jamie Doward, social affairs editor
    Fury as former surgeon calls for selective assassinations A top adviser to Britain's two most powerful animal rights protest groups caused outrage last night by claiming that the assassination of scientists working in biomedical research would save millions of animals' lives. To the fury of groups working with animals, Jerry Vlasak, a trauma surgeon and prominent figure in the anti-vivisection movement, told The Observer: 'I think violence is part of the struggle against oppression. If something bad happens to these people [animal researchers], it will discourage others. It is inevitable that violence will be used in the struggle and that...
  • Animal rights v science: battle over new vivisection lab at Oxford turns violent

    07/19/2004 7:46:42 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies · 767+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday July 19, 2004 | Alok Jha
    The website could not have been more explicit. "All headlights and glass smashed, all electrics and air lines, oil lines cut, tyres slashed, fuel tanks, oil and transmission tanks contaminated, cab controls smashed up, approx 100 power cables supplying site electrics were chopped through," it said, describing how members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) had broken into the Bournemouth offices of construction company RMC just over a fortnight ago. "Fuse boxes and other bits of electrics smashed, fuel pumps damaged, fuel tanks spilled, all site conveyor belts slashed beyond repair. Slogans painted everywhere, estimated cost £250,000." According to the...
  • OSU under fire for animal testing

    07/17/2004 10:16:29 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 2 replies · 331+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 07 July 2004 | Sarah Frank
    OSU under fire for animal testing School says mice, rats necessary for research on spinal- cord injuries Saturday, July 17, 2004 Sarah Frank THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH They didnít hear a peep last year. This summer, however, about a dozen Ohio State University researchers have found themselves the targets of a national group that opposes the schoolís use of live rats and mice in a government-funded course. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, based in Washington, wants the university to dump its second annual Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Course, which uses mice and rats to teach researchers how to perform spinalcord...
  • Shove over PETA. Here comes SHAC ("Shac is absolutely violent,")

    07/13/2004 3:37:35 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 1,071+ views
    Forbes Magazine On-Line ^ | 07.26.04 issue | Heidi Brown
    OutFront Beware Of People Heidi Brown, 07.26.04 Animal-rights activists are getting more violent. Late on the night of May 30 an off-duty police officer was guarding the Monrovia, Calif. house of Mitchell Lardner.... The guard was there because Lardner, his wife and two small children have been under siege for weeks by animal-rights activists. They had spray-painted his home with words like "Puppy Killer" and "You Can't Hide" and paraded by in frightening masks and black robes, announcing with bullhorns "Mitchell Lardner kills 500 puppies a day!" Animal-rights activists are no longer content to set up picket lines. Groups such...
  • Animal rights activists deny targeting lab

    06/16/2004 8:00:31 AM PDT · by Freemeorkillme · 6 replies · 211+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | 6/16/04 | JOHN P. MARTIN AND BRIAN T. MURRAY
    <p>Seven animal rights activists pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that they promoted violence and vandalism against a research company that tests chemicals on thousands of animals at a New Jersey lab each year.</p> <p>The 10-minute arraignment drew about 30 protesters to the federal courthouse in Trenton, and prompted the U.S. Marshal's Office to heighten security in and around the building. But the demonstration was peaceful and the court proceeding ended without incident.</p>
  • The Terror of "Animal Rights"

    02/05/2004 1:48:10 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 13 replies · 155+ views
    Ayn Rand Institute ^ | 2/5/04 | Alex Epstein
    The "animal rights" movement is celebrating its latest victory: an earlier, more painful death for future victims of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease. Thanks to intimidation by animal rights terrorists, Cambridge University has dropped plans to build a laboratory that would have conducted cutting-edge brain research on primates. According to The Times of London, animal-rights groups "had threatened to target the centre with violent protests ... and Cambridge decided that it could not afford the costs or danger to staff that this would involve." The university had good reason to be afraid. At a nearby animal-testing company, Huntingdon Life Sciences,...
  • UK animal lab scrapped (Cambridge University abandons neuroscience lab project)

    01/30/2004 2:42:12 PM PST · by visualops · 7 replies · 217+ views
    The Scientist ^ | January 30, 2004 | Philip Hunter
    UK animal lab scrapped Cambridge decision leaves scientists worried and activists contemplating what next | By Philip Hunter † Cambridge University's decision this week to abandon a high-profile project to build a neuroscience laboratory involving research on primates has been hailed as a victory by animal rights groups and condemned as a devastating blow for British science by senior researchers and decision makers. ďIt's an appalling decision for science and British science in particular,Ē said Ian Gibson, head of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology.It will almost certainly lead to the research going to another...
  • MEAN ELVES {{Enviro-Whackjobs}}

    01/27/2004 7:36:11 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 15 replies · 146+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/27/03 | John McCaslin
    <p>The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act, which recognizes animal and eco-terrorism as forms of domestic terrorism, has been drafted by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.</p> <p>The draft bill, which is currently being circulated to state legislators across the country, would increase penalties for persons participating in politically motivated actions and it creates specific penalties for those who aid in such acts of terrorism.</p>