Why we have Medical Benefits in Spite of, not because of Animal Research: A Summary of the Failures, and downright dangers, of Animal Research

An important, but all too commonly overlooked anti animal-research argument is the following: we should cease to perform research on animals because animal research is counterproductive: it harms, rather than helps, human beings. Rather than addressing the ethical question that pertains to the moral status of the animals used in research, this argument is concerned with the empirical question of whether…

Dario ringach

Hypocrisy in the Animal Liberation Movement or Bad Arguments from the Speaking of Research Community?

Dario Ringach, a former UCLA vivisectionist and proud proponent of animal research, seems to think he has found a knockdown argument against… animal rights?…. the character of animal activists? I’m still not sure. Let’s see if we can work through yet another “argument” directed at the animal liberation movement from the Speaking of Research community.…

UCLA Viviscetionists

Speaking of Logical Fallacies… Why the Speaking of Research Community Could Use a Refresher Course in Critical Reasoning

Speaking of Research, an advocacy group that claims to provide “accurate information about the importance of animal testing in medical and veterinary science,” prides itself on being “for reason” (see a list of contributors here). Yet, the recent performance of their UCLA vivisection entourage leads us to seriously doubt their commitment to reason. In January of…

Green County Sheriff Cruelty

The Green County Sheriff’s Department: a Department that Turns a Blind Eye to Animal Cruelty

On January 6th, 2014 complaints were filed against a Belleville resident who is accused of animal neglect and cruelty. In the beginning of January, neighbors reported that this resident left his dogs and two small ponies outside in  -40 degree windchills with no protection from the bitter cold other than a few barrels. At this point, the so-called pony “shelters” looked…

The Test of Vainness: Anthropocentrism, Mirrors, and the Human Obsession with the Self

In an attempt to demonstrate that certain nonhuman animals are “persons,” animal behaviorists and ethicists often point to the higher level cognitive capacities that nonhuman animals are said to possess, such as rationality, abstract thought, language ability, self-awareness, or the ability to act morally. Currently, there is significant debate regarding whether nonhuman animals have self-awareness.…