December 29, 2006

Animal Welfare Notes 2006.12.29

  • The real value of animal experiments was recently put into question by a team of senior scientists who found that many are flawed and do not predict how well a prototype medicine will work in humans.

  • A U.S. federal effort to quickly pinpoint and contain outbreaks of disease among livestock is coming under attack. The plan for animal tracking is meeting with some tough farmer resistance.

  • Peter Singer sets the record straight: "I have never said that no experiment on an animal can ever be justified."

  • Watch an alpha female mother display her power in a troupe of bonobo apes.

  • Conservationist and ape welfare activist Kerry Bowman: "When my eyes caught his eyes, I just felt nothing different than as if I was coming across a human." The moment inspired him.

  • The Ape and The Child: A Comparative Study of the Environmental Influence Upon Early Behavior, by W. N. & K. A. Kellogg (1933):
  • "Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father . . . . The experimental situation par excellence should indeed be attained if this technique were refined one step farther by adopting such a baby ape into a human family with one child of approximately the ape's age."

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