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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 […]

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don’t Address the Root Causes


With the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded raging across West Africa and as two Americans who were infected in Liberia have entered the U.S. for treatment, the question has been raised: will Ebola happen in the U.S? Actually, an Ebola outbreak has happened in the U.S. before — not just once, but at least three […]

Dr. Akhtar featured in Nick News

Dr. Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH

Dr. Akhtar featured in Nick News with Linda Ellerbee discussing animal experimentation and the need to use more effective human-based testing methods. Watch the episode here

It’s Official: Animal Protection IS Human Protection

“Animal protection is now mainstream.” This was announced at the 5th annual Classy Awards held in San Diego this weekend. The Classy Awards Ceremony honors outstanding nonprofit programs in eight major social sectors, including animal protection, education advancement, poverty and hunger relief, environmental protection, human rights and social justice, and others. The two-day collaborative brought […]

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Kitten skull experiment

I once attended a neuroscience conference featuring a talk about spinal cord injury. The presenter showed a brief video clip that haunts me still to this day.  The presenter showed a clip of his experiment in which he had crushed a cat’s spinal cord and was recording the cat’s movement on a treadmill. He had […]

How Protecting Animals Benefits Us, Too

How Protecting Animals Benefits Us, Too

Do we need to make a choice to either protect animals or humans? This is certainly what those who profit from hurting animals would like everyone to believe.  Advocates of animal experimentation especially employ the fallacy of a false dilemma: that we must choose to care about human suffering or about animal suffering, and that […]

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn’t Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren’t Little Humans

Animal experimentation doesn't work.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are? Suppose you are an experimenter and are determining if methylprednisolone, a steroid, will help humans with spinal cord injury. After […]