News Roundup: August 18, 2023

The Rise for Animals Team, August 18, 2023

Here’s a roundup of this week’s biggest news stories related to animal research—all the recent media coverage you need to know right now to be the most effective activist for animals in labs.

Pig Saved From Death After Years in Burn Testing Lab Gets New Life Outdoors

Lucy Notarantonio
August 14, 2023

“Alba the pig . . . whose back is covered in scars, was saved from euthanasia after spending part of her life in a laboratory being repeatedly burnt to test an unnamed product.”

“Cimini, the animal-rescue advocate, has encouraged people to download Cruelty Cutter, an app that aims to save animals. The mobile program allows users to scan an item and have an immediate response about its animal testing status.” Full Story


Millions of US Tax Dollars STILL Being Sent to 27 Chinese Labs: Research Facilities Benefitted From $15M to Perform Dangerous and Cruel Animal Experiments

Alexa Lardieri
August 12, 2023

“From fiscal years 2021 to 2023, the [NIH], America’s primary agency for medical and public health research and response, awarded 15 grants totaling $3.6 million to institutions in China that perform experiments on animals. In that same time, the NIH provided at least 92 sub-awards worth $12.5 million to institutions in China.”

“Federal spending data from 2020 revealed the NIH spent an estimated $140 million on animal experiments in 29 foreign countries.”

“ . . . between 2015 and 2023, at least seven US entities supplied a portion of their NIH grant money to labs in China performing animal experiments, totaling more than $3.3 million.” Full Story 


Science Experiments Traditionally Only Used Male Mice – Here’s Why That’s a Problem for Women’s Health

Sarah Bailey
August 15, 2023

“Females were largely excluded from both animal and human clinical trials because of the menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormone levels make data difficult to interpret, results more variable, and research more expensive. While males have the same sex steroid hormones, female hormone levels rise and fall. This can impact brain function and behaviour [sic] as well as female response to medication. However, the rodent oestrous cycle is much shorter than in [human] women . . . and research over the last decade has shown that female rat behaviour is not more variable as a result.” Full Story


Inotiv Discloses FCPA Probe Into Primate Importation Practices

Kyle Brasseur
August 16, 2023

“Inotiv disclosed the [SEC] is investigating potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by the pharmaceutical testing company regarding its importation of nonhuman primates (NHPs) from Asia.”

“In May, the SEC requested documents and information from Inotiv and two of its subsidiaries–Envigo Global Services and Orient BioResource Center–for the period beginning Dec. 1, 2017, to present….” Full Story


PETA Wins $140,000 in Attorneys’ Fees in Suit Against Stony Brook After Demanding Records on Rabbit Experiments

Elena Waldman
August 11, 2023

“After a years-long legal battle against the State University of New York–Stony Brook . . . over its apparent attempt to conceal information about cruel experiments on rabbits, PETA has finally obtained the records it requested and a Suffolk County Supreme Court has ordered the university to pay up to $140,000 in attorneys’ fees to PETA.”

“The Suffolk County Supreme Court noted that [PETA’s] reasonable requests [for public records] had been met with ‘resistance every step of the way.’” Full Story


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