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Why does the death of a gorilla hurt us so much?


No matter how slimy, how scaly, how smelly, or even how scary, animals’ lives now matter to us. Why? Why do we care about other animals? Why do we care about beings whose lives are seemingly so removed from ours? These are questions that I have been trying to answer over the past twenty-five years, […]

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Brazil Faces New Health Epidemic As Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Spreads Rapidly

Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu — these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens […]

New paper published: The Flaws and Human Harms of Animal Experimentation

Abstract: Nonhuman animal (“animal”) experimentation is typically defended by arguments that it is reliable, that animals provide sufficiently good models of human biology and dis- eases to yield relevant information, and that, consequently, its use provides major human health benefits. I demonstrate that a growing body of scientific literature critically assessing the validity of animal […]

Is Sexism in Science Actually Paternalism?


There’s an infection called Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, which is common among young children and is caused by a virus. Lately, there seems to be another illness, Foot-in-mouth disease, that’s been going viral, at least socially. The main difference between these diseases is that the latter seems to affect mostly adults, and more specifically, adult male scientists. […]

Dr. Akhtar Announced 2015 Winner of Belton Mouras Grassroots Leadership Award

NCAP acceptance photo

On March 29, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Akhtar was presented with the Belton Mouras Grassroots Leadership Award for her efforts to show how animal protection benefits public health. “What we are forging is not a revolutionary change, but an evolutionary change. We are changing the very way we define ourselves and the world […]

New Study Finds Alarming Rise in Animals Used in Experiments

cute mice

I’ve written previously about the fact that because of the lobbying efforts of the animal experimentation industry, at least 95 percent of all animals in U.S. laboratories — mainly mice and rats — are not considered “animals” under federal law. These animals are excluded from the minimal protections of the law, and are not even […]

Watch the Trailer for the Exciting Upcoming Film: YES VE GAN

Follow 16 individuals try a vegan diet for 30 days. Including an interview with Dr. Akhtar. Watch the trailer here.

How Animal Experiments Paved the Way for the CIA’s Torture Program


Fact: The CIA’s torture program was directly inspired by animal experiments. In the 1960s, dogs were subjected to random electric shocks from which they could not escape. Eventually the dogs gave up trying to avoid the painful shocks, not even escaping when a path to escape was finally presented to them. From the New York […]

5 Stories of 2014: The Surprising Links Between Human and Animal Protection

A boy carries his dog whilst wading in floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Paranaque city

Here’s my list of five headline-grabbing stories in 2014 that show just how connected human health and animal protection are: 1. Chris Christie Sells Out Humans and Animals After reports of his bridge scandal, the New Jersey Governor’s 2016 presidential ambitions took a nosedive. That’s why many see his recent veto of a bill that […]

In Defense of Pamela Anderson

monkey experiment

Pamela Anderson has made a media splash by refusing to take part in the ice bucket challenge in support of the ALS Association because of its history of funding animal experiments that she describes as being cruel and fruitless. Her stance has sparked widespread discussion. The question for us to consider is does Ms. Anderson […]