October 10, 2011 |
The makers of Botox have been celebrating — and no, it's not because they found a better way to smooth wrinkles. The company, Allergan Inc. of Irvine, announced in June that the Food and Drug Administration approved its new method to test Botox's potency. Instead of having to test every batch on live animals, it can now run a test on cells in a lab dish. It took 10 years for Allergan scientists to perfect the new test. If it's approved in all the countries where Botox is sold, Allergan expects to eliminate the need for at least 95% of its animal testing within three years.
August 16, 2011
As money woes strain the city's resources, Los Angeles officials have been engaged in a continuing and important discussion: What are the responsibilities the city handles best itself? And what are those the city can, and should, contract out? Some are obvious: The city should run its own police department, for instance. Some are not so obvious. The latest to fall under scrutiny is the operation of animal shelters. There are six scattered across the city that are open to the public and that take in and adopt out thousands of unwanted and stray animals.
June 10, 2007 |
Coca-Cola Co. will urge research firms and organizations it supports to avoid testing on animals after pressure from an animal rights group. PepsiCo Inc. established similar guidelines last month. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, had funded taste tests on rats at Virginia Commonwealth University, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Kari Bjorhus said the company had discontinued funding the tests.
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September 6, 2006 |
Animal rights activists accused UCLA officials Tuesday of painting a distorted picture of animal testing on campus and questioned its relevance. At a news conference in front of the administration building, Michael Budkie, head of a nonprofit group called Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, said that test animals are "so stressed they are mutilating their own bodies" and that UCLA sponsors research to attract grant money.
March 14, 2006 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a cow from an Alabama dairy farm had tested positive for mad cow disease, the third U.S. case of the bovine brain-wasting syndrome. The stricken animal was tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, because it was a "downer," an animal that couldn't walk. The cow posed no risk to public health because it wasn't sent to a food processing plant, officials said.
March 1, 2004 |
Chiron Corp. has sued an animal rights group, accusing the activists of waging a violent harassment campaign and supporting the man charged with detonating two pipe bombs at the biotechnology company's sprawling campus here. The suit, filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, seeks to keep activists affiliated with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, known as SHAC USA, at least 50 feet away from Chiron property and 100 feet away from employees and their properties.