The beginning of a new year—and a new decade— brings with it the opportunity to re-evaluate what matters most to us and resolve to make an even stronger commitment to those things.
We at NAVS hope that as you look ahead to 2020, one of your resolutions is to continue to be a strong advocate for animals. They need our help now more than ever.
As we enter a new decade, we recognize that:
- Public support for animal experimentation has been decreasing in recent years, as people are becoming increasingly aware of the scientific and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation.
- However, despite this, each year, millions of animals are experimented on in the name of science.
With the growing recognition that data produced in animal models may be irrelevant for humans and that the rate of scientific discoveries may actually be enhanced by the use of more modern human-relevant cell- and computer-based approaches, we must strengthen our commitment to end the unnecessary suffering of animals.
This year, by resolving to be strong animal advocates, we must ensure that our voices are heard by those who can enact change: regulatory agencies, funding agencies, corporations, policy makers and others. We need to continue to strongly advocate that our taxpayer dollars not be spent on animal experiments. Instead, we should focus on the development and use of innovative, human-relevant models that can replace the use of animal models—such as those that NAVS supports through the International Foundation for Ethical Research. Just because researchers can use animals in their experiments does not mean they should.
As the year progresses, we promise to keep you informed of opportunities to comment on animal-related issues both through Science First and through our free, weekly “Take Action Thursday” email alert, which summarizes important federal and state initiatives affecting animals. There are also opportunities to take action through NAVS’ Advocacy Center.
Let’s make 2020 count for animals. Make a New Year’s resolution to be an even stronger animal advocate than you are today—and together, we will work towards ending unnecessary animal experiments through the advancement of smarter, human-relevant research and the promotion of animal-friendly changes to laws and policies.
Please also consider making a donation to NAVS today. Your support will fund smarter science, promote innovative science education and assist animals in need in the new year and beyond.