The University of Washington Board of Regents unanimously voted to move ahead with a new, underground animal testing lab on Thursday, saying that it will mean better conditions for animals used in medical and scientific research.
Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 7:41 am
Five years ago, a landmark report excoriated the animal agriculture industry's practices and laid out a road map for how it could do better. But in the years since, the problems are just as bad — and maybe even worse.
That's the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This week, the center scolded the industry again with a review of how it has fared in the years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.
For years, animal rights groups have been raising concerns about the health and treatment of elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, particularly after the death of six-year-old elephant Hansa. And seven months ago, the Zoo’s board assembled a task force to look at this issue. Their final report says the overall health of elephants at Woodland Park Zoo is good, and they should breed more.
The National Institutes of Health announced earlier this summer that it will reduce the number of chimpanzees used in scientific research and the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering classifying captive chimps, a category that includes these research chimps, as endangered species.
For many scientists, the use of chimps is unnecessary. But for those working towards a hepatitis C vaccine, there are few alternatives to chimps. David Hyde talks with University of Washington immunology professor Dr. Michael Gale Jr. about the future of hepatitis C research.
Mid-July in Seattle means Seafair events, the actual arrival of summer and – if you lived here in the 1950s and '60s – it meant the annual birthday celebration for the city’s most famous primate, Bobo the gorilla.
The National Institutes of Health Wednesday announced it will retire the great majority of chimpanzees used in federally-supported medical research.
The institute director says the use of our closest animal relative for invasive studies can no longer be justified in most cases. That means more than 300 chimps are headed into retirement. But neither of the two chimpanzee sanctuaries here in the Northwest say they're prepared to take new chimps.
Critics of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo say that the elephants there are not being treated well and that they don’t do well in captivity. Defenders say zoos are key to global conservation efforts. Should zoos, including Woodland Park, continue to display elephants?
David Hyde talks with Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, University of Guelph researcher Georgia Mason who has studied elephants in zoos, and Michael Berens, the investigative reporter for the Seattle Times who has written about the Woodland Park Zoo.