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. […]
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 […]
The drafting of this report included Dr Akhtar and other leading ethicists and scientists. The working party concluded that animal experiments are both morally and scientifically flawed. The report of more than 50,000 words is probably the most comprehensive critique of […]
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. […]
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 […]
Book Chapter In: Linzey A, Linzey C (eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics, Palgrave MacMillan 2018.
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 […]
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
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 […]
Want to know more about the problems with animal experimentation – how it harms humans and animals and about alternatives? Listen to my presentation on Xtalks.