Researchers should see this slide deck. At the end of Patricia Furlong’s keynote address at the 2016 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, I realized that this was the only note I had written during the session (though for the purposes of this post, I have gone back to the proceedings to quote other relevant thoughts). Read more


by Joan Rachlin JD, MPH, Executive Director

A violent new video game from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the latest entry in the polarizing, emotion-laden debate surrounding animal research. The game, Cage Fight, allows players to assume the role of one of three famous mixed martial arts fighters as they attempt to free animals and take on researchers [...] Read more


Last Friday, the world lost a powerful advocate for breast cancer awareness and research. Barbara Brenner passed away from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on May 10, 2013. Ms. Brenner, a lawyer by training and a civil rights activist by design, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41, an experience that compelled her to become involved with what was then a fledgling grassroots advocacy organization in San Francisco, Breast Cancer Action (BCA)

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by Susan Gilbert, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at The Hastings Center

A curious aspect of the debate over the use of animals in research is that the two “sides” see themselves as making different kinds of arguments when in fact they have some fundamental similarities. For example, a recent post in Ampersand discussed the line between emotions and fact in debates over the use of animals in research. It referred to the keynote speech given by Allyson Bennett, PhD, at the 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ConferenceRead more


by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Coordinator

What do you picture when you think of animal research? What has shaped that image? More likely than not, the public discourse surrounding animal research has had an impact.

Ever since the story of Pepper the Dalmatian was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1965, powerful imagery has accompanied the [...] Read more