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PETA asks journal to retract paper

Animal rights group argues research violated journal policy by torturing animals

Stephen Pincock
Animal rights campaigners are calling on the Journal of Neuroendocrinology to retract a research paper it published in April last year by Ei Terasawa from the University of Wisconsin, saying it violated the journal's editorial policy against studies that cause unnecessary pain and suffering to experimental animals. Terasawa was temporarily barred from serving as a primary investigator in animal research, but has maintained the research met local and national guidelines.Last Friday (January 20), Debra Durham, primate specialist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent a letter to the journal's UK-based publisher, Blackwell, urging an immediate retraction "with a full explanation of the violations." The letter also asks the editorial board of the journal to revise its policies to ensure that authors disclose violations and disciplinary actions at the time of article submission.In August last year, the Primate Freedom Project, a group based in Fayetteville, Georgia,...

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