February 5, 2019
A Panel Discussion on the Impacts of Lab Animal Treatment & Animal Welfare Laws on Human Science
For decades, lab animals like mice and fish have lived in barren plastic boxes with few companions and not much else. It was thought that more highly controlled animal environments led to more accurate experiments. As a new body of work emerges suggesting that mice, rats, and other animals have complex mental lives, can display empathy, and can experience emotions once only attributed to people, some scientists are now asking if the common approach of treating lab animals like “furry test tubes” is both morally and scientifically wrong. Only one in nine drugs that works in animal trials ever succeeds in human clinical trials, and researchers frequently struggle to reproduce results. Could how we treat lab animals be part of the problem?
Featuring panelists: Dr. David Grimm, Dr. Caroline Zeiss, Dr. Brianna Gaskill, and Dr. Garet Lahvis.