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U.S. med schools move toward animal-free education

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Two-thirds of all medical schools in the United States, including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and Yale, have eliminated the use of animals for training doctors, replacing the animals with modern, cost-effective and humane alternatives. To date, 85 of 126 U.S. medical schools have discontinued all animal labs in favor of state-of-the-art computer programs, simulators and human surgery observation.


Researchers Fear Navy's Sonar May Harm Whales


April 10, 2001

Last spring Kenneth Balcomb, a marine mammalogist, woke to find an unsettling situation outside his Abaco Island home in the Bahamas: a 16-foot Cuvier's beaked whale weighing some two tons stranded in knee-deep water.


Hunting: A Big GameQuestions About Elite Hunting Club Member's Ties to Smithsonian

April 19, 2001

— California businessman Kenneth Behring has given the Smithsonian Institution more money than anyone has ever given any American museum: $100 million.

Ken Behring is an accomplished hunter who is a member of the Safari Club International. (

"I love animals. I go to Africa a lot and I just want all the kids to have the enjoyment that I've had," he says of his donation to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History as well as the Institution's Museum of American History.


Links to fallacies of Animal Experimentation

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Elephants Never Forget, Especially Grande Dames

Thursday April 19 3:15 PM ET

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The grande dames of African elephant society serve as repositories of social knowledge for the pachyderm's female-dominated clans, using that wisdom to guide relations with other elephant groups and ensure reproductive success, researchers said on Thursday.

An innovative, seven-year study conducted by scientists based in Britain and Kenya of elephants in Amboseli National Park in Kenya illustrated the vital role played by elephant matriarchs.


Philosophic Vegetarianism: Acting Affirmatively for Peace

The plea for ethical veganism, which rejects the treatment of birds and other animals as a food source, is not rooted in arid adherence to diet or dogma, but in the desire to eliminate the kinds of experiences that using animals for food confers upon beings with feelings.