Of Mice and Men

JAX Mice has over 7000 different genetic strains of mouse available for purchase by animal experimenters around the world.  Many of the varieties have been bred specifically to exhibit particular pathologies or to develop various diseases.  The “features”—or more accurately, ailments—of each genetic strain can be found by using the extensive JAX Mice online database.

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Don’t Report it, It’s Terrorism

This is the state of the government’s “terrorism priorities.” Favorable media coverage exposing animal cruelty–at a lab that was fined for abuses–is on par with weapons of mass destruction.


Bearing Witness

It is these different practices of looking that, for me, link this 18th-century painting to contemporary antivivisection campaigns. When I think about the politics of animal experimentation, I am frequently reminded of this painting and the history it represents – just like in the painting, some choose to bear witness, while others turn their heads to avoid seeing what is happening all around them.

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Vivisection, Then and Now

The animal rightists and anti-vivisectionists of today should stop repeating the mistakes made in the 19th century regarding science and catch up on what science actually is how science has advanced since that time (see my essay posted at Our Hen House). Vivisectors and vivisection activists should also catch up on the latest science, including genetics, evolution, evo devo, complex systems, and personalized medicine, and stop lying.

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Animals Helped Make Your Medicine: What Can a Vegan Do?

Even medicines that do not contain animal derivatives or active ingredients are not “animal-free.” By law, medicines must be tested on non-human animals before bring approved for use for us. Animals are used in the manufacturing of medicines we commonly use for health, at many stages of their production.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/animals-helped-make-your-medicine-what-can-a-vegan-do-2.html#ixzz2WaI7nw3q

How to Argue Against Vivisection in the 21st Century

In spite of the flawed nature of the foundations and subsequent claims regarding vivisection, I usually see animal activists avoiding the scientific argument completely and denouncing vivisection solely on moral grounds. Unfortunately, this strategy has been tried for centuries, and the number of animals used in research is higher today than it has ever been.

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Science vs. Vivisection

“What are the alternatives to using animals in medical research?” This is a legitimate question I am often asked, and now, due to scientific innovation and increasing evidence of the shortcomings of animal research, it is becoming easier to answer. A newly published scientific paper shows that a reliance on mice in medical research has been potentially useless for three major, often-fatal conditions: sepsis, burns and trauma. The 10-year study, worked on by 39 scientists from across the country, reports that humans and mice respond to inflammation completely differently. According to The New York Times, the researchers could not, initially, get their paper published because the results from the human studies were so different from the mouse studies that no one thought the findings were accurate. This highlights how strongly and uncritically some scientists continue to believe that because mice are mammals, their biology and physiology are comparable to our own.

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