Fish belong in our moral circle, says Australian researcher
Review of mental ability shows fish are on par with most animals
Great suffering software!
Oxford bioethicist Anders Sandberg asks whether software can suffer. If so, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?
‘Treat researchers with contempt’: new animal rights advert
A new animal rights advertisement has sparked controversy in Germany. It vilifies an animal physiology researcher from the University of Bremen, and calls upon the public to treat researchers who experiment on animals with contempt.
Battling to make animals persons
Attorney Steven Wise defends his quest to gain legal standing and justice for animals in the US.
UK releases report on animals in research
The government has refused to cap the number of experiments, but affirms its commitment to welfare.
A small breach in the personhood barrier
Earlier this month an American animal rights group made a push to gain legal recognition for the personhood of non-animals.
Yale to host conference on non-human personhood
A conference to be held at Yale University in December brings together animal rights activists and fans of human enhancement who are interested in the rights of robots and aliens.
Blow to Germany’s animal lovers
Germany is a very big blip on the radar of BioEdge’s Reproductive Revolution Weirdness Watch this week.
Vegan bioethics, or why Peter Singer is cruel to animals
An interview with Gary Francione, the world’s leading animal “abolitionist”.
Human exceptionalism is for the birds
Here’s something we missed about the uniqueness of human beings. In July the Francis Crick Memorial Conference, at Cambridge University, decided that we aren’t as exceptional as we once believed.
Finger-lickin’ good is not a good enough reason
More chicken are killed by humans than any other land animal. This is morally wrong, argues an Australian bioethicist
US to curtail chimpanzee research after report
Given that chimpanzees are so closely related to us, American researchers should allow them to be used in biomedical research only under stringent conditions, says a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. These include the absence of any other suitable model and inability to ethically perform the research on people.
Chimpanzee hepatitis C research in the firing line
Experiments on chimpanzees have often horrified animal rights advocates and worried the medical community.
South Korean scientists make glow-in-the-dark dog
South Korean scientists have genetically engineered a dog which glows in the dark.
Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report
Mixing human and animal material should be approached with great caution, says the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in a report issued yesterday. But it recommends that some highly controversial experiments should be allowed to proceed, including modifying an animal’s brain to make it more human-like and the generation or propagation of functional human germ cells in animals.
Academics claim that calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting
In what may seem a slightly hysterical semantic move, leading academics have claimed that animal lovers should stop calling their domestic animals ‘pets’, because the term is insulting.
US legislators seek ban on chimp experiments
Three US senators have called for medical research on chimpanzees to be banned. The US is the last major industrialised country which still uses the apes for experiments.
Animal rights gains ground in US legal system
Researchers are beginning to feel threatened by the rapid development of laws favourable to animals, according to a wide-ranging feature in Science.
Kill the carnivores, says animal rights philosopher
They cause too much suffering
US pets get better shot at treatment than people
Stem cells for dogs?
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