Saturday, October 24, 2015. New York City – On Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, Nickelodeon’s “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” aired a program titled “Animal Rights…Or Wrongs?”
Animal Rights or Wrongs, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
Video published on Sep 6, 2014 on Youtube by CREC.
On the “pro” side of the discussion was Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, Director for the Center for Comparative Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and AALAS Vice President. Dr. Buckmaster has been a longtime advocate for the responsible use of animals in research and has frequently spoken about the need for those in laboratory animal science community to speak out about what we do and why we do it. She has frequently given her talk, “Stop Hiding…and Change the World” at various meetings and conferences. In addition to Dr. Buckmaster, “Nick News” will be presenting the story of Liviya Anderson whose life was saved by animal research when she developed aplastic anemia.
On the “con” side was Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a board certified neurologist currently working for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats with the FDA and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (unaffiliated with Oxford University). She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post arguing against the use of animals in research. Dr. Akhtar has been covered by Speaking of Research in the past here and here.
“Nick News” states its aim is to explore both sides of the story. They talked to children who have opinions on both sides from those actively working to end all animal research to those like Liviya who are alive today because of it.
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