Yale to host conference on non-human personhood
Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 |
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
Michael Cook | 07 December 2012 |
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
Michael Cook | 16 October 2012 |
An interview with Gary Francione, the world’s leading animal “abolitionist”.
Human exceptionalism is for the birds
Michael Cook | 07 September 2012 |
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
Michael Cook | 16 June 2012 |
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
Michael Cook | 17 December 2011 |
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
Jared Yee | 18 November 2011 |
Experiments on chimpanzees have often horrified animal rights advocates and worried the medical community.
South Korean scientists make glow-in-the-dark dog
Jared Yee | 03 August 2011 |
South Korean scientists have genetically engineered a dog which glows in the dark.
Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report
Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 |
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
Jared Yee | 07 May 2011 |
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
Jared Yee | 28 April 2011 |
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
Michael Cook | 02 April 2011 |
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
Michael Cook | 25 September 2010 |
They cause too much suffering
US pets get better shot at treatment than people
Jared Yee | 07 August 2010 |
Stem cells for dogs?
Swiss decide their animals don’t need lawyers
Michael Cook | 08 March 2010 |
Overwhelmingly rejected in referendum
Practical problems of ape personhood
Michael Cook | 06 March 2010 |
Who will police them?
Animals may get their own lawyers in Switzerland
Michael Cook | 16 February 2010 |
But what about children?
Are dolphins persons?
Michael Cook | 07 January 2010 |
Call for interspecies ethic
Human dignity under fire again in leading bioethics journal
Michael Cook | 07 December 2009 |
Animal rights theorist calls for an "undignified bioethics"