Anti-Vivisection History Exhibit Inspires and Educates
“Light in Dark Places: Anti-Vivisection from the Victorian Era to Modern Day” runs through August 3
Friends, supporters and fellow animal advocates joined NAVS on Wednesday, May 14, for a special reception and private viewing of a new museum exhibit showcasing the history of the anti-vivisection movement.
“Light in Dark Places: Anti-Vivisection from the Victorian Era to Modern Day,” which opened on May 10 at the National Museum of Animals & Society in Los Angeles, is the first such exhibit to focus on the movement’s long history in the United States and around the world.
Museum Founder and Executive Director Carolyn Merino Mullin and exhibit curator Julia Orr joined NAVS leadership, including Executive Director Peggy Cunniff, Science Advisor Gene Elmore, Director of Legal/Legislative Programs Marcia Kramer and Director of Science Programs Dr. Pam Osenkowski, for this informal opportunity to view the exhibit and to learn about NAVS’ upcoming programs and initiatives.
The exhibit—which features extensive information and documents from the NAVS archives—assembles a wealth of rare and historical information on early campaigns and campaigners, taking special notice of the role women played in early years of the movement. These individuals were not only pioneers in the fight for women’s suffrage, but also pioneers in starting the anti-vivisection movement in the Victorian era.
Viewing themselves as humanists, these women were active in many social justice arenas, including the animal protection movement, which was, as the exhibit notes, “born out of outrage at the unfettered animal experiments carried out by medical researchers and students alike” in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, which saw animal experimentation sweep America and Europe.
The exhibit was made possible through the participation of the American Anti-Vivisection Society, the Beagle Freedom Project, the National Anti-Vivisection Society, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, PETA, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the Ernest Bell Memorial Library and White Coat Waste.
“Light in Dark Places: Anti-Vivisection from the Victorian Era to Modern Day” runs through August 3 at the National Museum of Animals & Society. Plans are also underway for an online version of the exhibit. To learn more, visit the Museum of Animals & Society.