Forum on Animal Research Ethics-- FARE

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Forum on Animal Research Ethics (FARE) is committed to providing opportunities for the community, including citizens, students, and researchers to engage in a dialogue about the ethics and outcomes of the use of animals in research.

Next Forum 

December 11, 2014 at 7 pm in Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall.

Animal Research: Regulations & Oversight

Eric Sandgren, Research Animal Resources Center

Craig Berridge, Letters & Science

Craig Watermolen

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Check out the Progress summary from all the past FARE events. This will provide insight on the goals and service to the community.

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UW-Madison Community Listening session notes on FARE (this opens up a PDF)

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Dario Ringach
Harold Herzog
Lori Gruen
Dave Abbott
Frans de Waal
Andrew Rowan

October 24, 2013 7:00PM Central Library

201 West Mifflin St., Madison WI 53703

The Ethical Dilemma of Animal Research

He will discuss the ethics of using animals in scientific experiments aimed at advancing medical knowledge and the health of human and non-human animals. He will respond to common objections to such work, and engage the audience in a discussion of these issues.


 Dario Ringach, Ph. D.


Dr. Ringach (Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology, UCLA) does research on visual neurophysiology and perception. He is active in Pro-Test for Science, is on the Speaking of Research committee, and has published on the ethics of using nonhuman animals in research.

Watch the video of the Forum: Dario Ringach from Luciano M on Vimeo.  

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April 25, 2013 7:00PM UW Biochemistry Building

Room 1125 Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, Madison WI 53706

Parking, for a small fee, is available in Lot 20, Lot 17, and Lot 36. Here is a map with the closest parking lots identified and Biochemistry Building highlighted in red for you!

The Animal Research Controversy: Social and Psychological Perspectives

What causes some people to be opposed to the use of animals in biomedical research, while others deem it unethical not to do the research? Why does the topic engender so much emotion, while other issues related to animal welfare and rights get little attention? Dr. Herzog will discuss these questions and more, and welcome discussion from the audience.

Human attitudes towards the use of other species are plagued with paradox. For example, while most Americans say they support the aims of the animal protection movement, roughly 95% of people in the United States continue to eat animal flesh. And in a recent Gallup poll, more adults indicated they were against research with animals aimed at developing treatments for diseases than were opposed to recreational hunting. Such inconsistencies are found among individuals on both sides of issues such as animal research. I will examine reasons for the persistent moral incoherence in our relationships with other species. Based on new findings in the field of moral psychology, I argue that contentious debates over the use of animals stem from the fact that ethical judgments are not the product of pure reason. Rather, human morality involves a complex muddle of evolved predispositions, culture, language, emotion, and mental rules of thumb (heuristics). The role of intuition in moral judgment can make communication between individuals with differing views on the treatment and moral status of animals difficult. Finally, I discuss the limits of both logic and intuition when it comes to the treatment of other species.


Watch the video of the Forum: Dr Harold HERZOG Social and Psychological perspectives of Animal Research Controversy from luciano M on Vimeo.



 Harold Herzog, Ph.D.
Author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.

Hal Herzog is Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Smoky Mountains with his wife Mary Jean and their cat Tilly.

Hal Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, animal researchers, and circus animal trainers. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. His research has been published in journals such as Science, The American Psychologist, Current Directions in Psychological Science, The Journal of the Royal Society, The American Scholar, New Scientist, Anthrozoös, BioScience, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Animal Behavior. His work has been covered by Newsweek, Slate, Salon, National Public Radio, Scientific American, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers.

Check out his blog and website!

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December 5, 2012 7:00PM at Union South

Room TBD, 1308 W. Dayton St, Madison WI 53715

Parking is available in ramp underneath Union South (Entrance on Dayton St. across from N. Orchard St.)

We invite everyone to the open discussion Forum. What issues are you concerned with? What or who would you like to see at FARE? This is your opportunity to share your concerns and interests with the FARE Committee. Light Refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to meeting you all and hearing your comments!

Watch the video of the Forum: Forum on Animal Research Ethics from luciano M on Vimeo.

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September 14, 2012 7:00PM at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Town Center Forum, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison WI 53715

Here is a map with the closest parking lots and Biotech Center highlighted for you!

Animal Research and the Limits of Medicine

In light of her most recent book, Ethics and Animals: An Introduction, Lori Gruen will be presenting at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Lori Gruen has been involved in animal issues as a writer, teacher, and activist for over 25 years. Her relationships with scholars thinking about animals, activists working to protect animals, and, perhaps most importantly, with many different animals, uniquely inform her perspective on how we need to rethink our engagement with other animals.

Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethics in Society at Wesleyan University

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April 12, 2012 7:00 P.M. at the UW Biotechnology Center

Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall

 Did you miss the lecture? No Fear, here is the recorded live feed.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lessons Learned from Monkeys

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a prevalent cause of infertility and diabetes in young women, but human-based evidence for origins of PCOS is incomplete.  Dr. Abbott, working with a team of clinical and basic scientists from several disciplines, identified fetal origins for this disease in the monkey, and suggested that it may be linked with a specific gene in humans.  In his talk, Dr. Abbott will discuss both the science an the animal procedures involved in his work.


Dr. Dave Abbott is from the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

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February 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Dr. Frans de Waal argues that understanding empathy's survival value in evolution can help build a more just society based on a more accurate view of human nature. Dr. Frans de Waal's research in social behaviors in primates shows how empathy comes naturally to a variety of animals, not just humans.


Frans de Waal, Ph.D., the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center

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November 16, 2011 at 7:00PM at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Reframing the Animal Research Debate

Not "Should we stop harming animals in research?" but "How much effort should we all (both scientists and advocates) put into achieving this goal?" After Dr. Rowan's talk there will be a discussion session with the audience. Scientists, students, and members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Forum on Animal Research Ethics.


Andrew Rowan, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Human Society of the United States

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