USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs

The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.

The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals.

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Animal Welfare Records Return to USDA Website
Animal Welfare Records Return to USDA Website
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2020
The inspection reports that had been removed a few years ago due to privacy concerns have resurfaced, pleasing animal rights advocates.
FDA Now Allows Certain Lab Animals to Be Retired and Adopted
FDA Now Allows Certain Lab Animals to Be Retired and Adopted
Lisa Winter | Feb 11, 2020
Current bills in Congress would apply similar provisions to all federal agencies.
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Catherine Offord | Oct 30, 2019
The Penn State University scientist was known for her work on fish’s perception of pain.
EPA Aims to Drastically Reduce Animal Testing
EPA Aims to Drastically Reduce Animal Testing
Emily Makowski | Sep 11, 2019
The agency plans to stop funding virtually all toxicology studies in mammals by 2035.
Fixing the Flaws in Animal Research
Fixing the Flaws in Animal Research
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2019
Many preclinical studies carried out in vivo are poorly designed and generate irreproducible data, but efforts to address the problem are on the rise.
JHU Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Argues
JHU Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Argues
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2019
Stop Animal Exploitation Now issues a federal complaint against Johns Hopkins scientists, saying they messed up surgeries on nine animals.
Opinion: Transparency Is Critical to Defend Animal Research
Opinion: Transparency Is Critical to Defend Animal Research
Cindy Buckmaster | Apr 11, 2019
Research organizations should start sharing with the public information, stories, photos, and videos on how animals are cared for and used in science.
USDA Cited 60 Percent Fewer Animal Welfare Violations in 2018
USDA Cited 60 Percent Fewer Animal Welfare Violations in 2018
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 27, 2019
The drop may be due to fewer inspections, but critics say the USDA also appears to be avoiding documenting the violations.
Swiss Researchers Struggle to Get Animal Experiments Approved
Swiss Researchers Struggle to Get Animal Experiments Approved
Diana Kwon | Jan 8, 2019
Scientists say that increasingly rigorous licensing procedures have complicated research efforts—and in some cases, stopped experiments completely.
Goats Prefer Happy Human Faces
Goats Prefer Happy Human Faces
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2018
Like dogs and horses, goats can discern happy from angry facial expressions. But whether these animals possess empathy remains unclear.
Researchers Take Action to End Airlines’ Restrictions on Lab Animals
Researchers Take Action to End Airlines’ Restrictions on Lab Animals
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 21, 2018
United Airlines, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, and Qatar Airways face a formal complaint over their refusal to transport animals for scientific research.
The Challenges of Bringing Service Dogs into the Lab
The Challenges of Bringing Service Dogs into the Lab
Jef Akst | Sep 18, 2018
Joey Ramp went back to college to study post-traumatic stress disorder. But the dogs that help her manage her own PTSD complicate her research career.
Former Students Allege Mistreatment of Lab Animals at Calgary<strong>&nbsp;</strong>
Former Students Allege Mistreatment of Lab Animals at Calgary 
Catherine Offord | Aug 9, 2018
The university is carrying out a review of animal handling in the now-closed lab of neuropsychologist Vedran Lovic.
Lab Animal Use in the UK Dips Below 2010 Levels
Lab Animal Use in the UK Dips Below 2010 Levels
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 27, 2018
A report finds a decline in the number of experiments involving animals in 2017, noting a particular decrease in procedures on dogs and primates.
USDA to Warn Some Facilities Ahead of Animal Welfare Inspections
USDA to Warn Some Facilities Ahead of Animal Welfare Inspections
Jim Daley | May 18, 2018
A pilot program announced last month will consider combining announced and surprise inspections.
USDA Ordered to Publish Complete Animal Welfare Reports
USDA Ordered to Publish Complete Animal Welfare Reports
Ashley Yeager | Mar 23, 2018
In 2017, the agency began posting redacted records, but Congress is now demanding full transparency.
Image of the Day: Sea Turtle Rescue
Image of the Day: Sea Turtle Rescue
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 7, 2018
Biologists in Florida rounded up more than 1,000 sea turtles when they were threatened by a cold snap in January.
Opinion: Label Drugs That Are Tested on Animals
Opinion: Label Drugs That Are Tested on Animals
Shaun Khoo | Jan 15, 2018
Transparency about the role of animals in drug development could help raise awareness of and appreciation for preclinical research.
USDA Buys Animals from Farm It Reported for Animal Welfare Abuses
USDA Buys Animals from Farm It Reported for Animal Welfare Abuses
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 14, 2017
The federal agency has so far not taken any enforcement action against Ruby Fur Farm.