Summer vacation may be a time to sit back and relax, but for NAVS, summer saw us participating in—and lending our perspective to—a variety of prominent national and international conferences.
First up, NAVS took part in the 2017 Animal Rights National Conference in Washington, DC. Over the course of three-and-a-half days, we met with hundreds of animal advocates, discussed NAVS program initiatives, distributed NAVS informational literature, and attended numerous educational sessions.
Shortly thereafter, our legal/legislative team took part in the National Conference of State Legislators in Boston, MA. NAVS joined forces with the American Anti-Vivisection Society to engage legislators from around the country in conversations about dissection alternatives. With a very life-like frog dissection specimen on display (a simulation of course), it was easy to get folks talking about their own largely unpleasant dissection experiences. Those discussions led to talk of dissection alternatives in the school and the need to introduce student choice legislation.
Finally, the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Seattle, WA, brought together scientists, veterinarians, individuals from regulatory agencies, industry and animal protection organizations to discuss the 3 R’s—reduction, refinement and replacement—of animal use in research, testing and education as well as innovative approaches to ethics, animal welfare and public policy. NAVS and our partner organization, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), were proud to participate in the meeting, in which our advisors had the honor of speaking and presenting posters on a wide range of topics. NAVS has long recognized the importance of constructive dialogue with scientists to advance the development and acceptance of alternative methods if animal research is to come to an end.