As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family this week, NAVS would like to take a moment to reflect upon what we are most grateful for this year.
Together We’re Changing Attitudes
We are very pleased to see that the public is becoming increasingly aware of the scientific and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation. A Pew research survey conducted this past spring revealed for the first time that the majority of Americans—52%—now oppose the use of animals in scientific research. This number is up from the 43% of individuals who held that belief in 2009. These findings are also consistent with overall trends reported in recent Gallup polls which have shown decreasing levels of support for medical testing on animals. This is not only great news for animals, but validation of the work NAVS has undertaken over the years to increase awareness and change attitudes toward animal experimentation.
Together We’re Making Our Voices Heard
We are also thankful that our staff and animal advocates, like yourselves, continue to work tirelessly to help animals involved in scientific experimentation. We remain committed to fighting for transparency surrounding animal experimentation. NAVS’ science advisors have discussed our transparency concerns with the Government Accountability Office and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services. Together, we’ve also been vocal in our efforts to see all former research chimpanzees get a fresh start at a sanctuary as soon as possible. We’ve also spoken out about do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits for frogs, and many other issues in our effort to be voices for the voiceless. And we will not stop working on this until every cage is empty.
Together We’re Making Scientific Progress
We continue to be inspired by the work being done by early career researchers whom NAVS helps to support at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and through the International Foundation for Ethical Research. Our grant recipients are working to promote the development of humane methodologies that can spare animal suffering and are spreading the word about their human-relevant, cell-based research models at national and international conferences and through scientific publications. Our awardees are receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from leading academic researchers, industry scientists and government regulators. They’re helping pave the way for animal models to be replaced by more predictive and human-relevant methods.
We Are Thankful to Have Supporters Like You
It’s true that we have much to be thankful for this year. But the one thing for which we are most thankful is YOU. It is because of the support of dedicated, compassionate friends like you that we are helping to end the overreliance on animal models by the scientific community.
But much more remains to be done. Please help NAVS continue to speak on behalf of the animals who cannot speak for themselves by making a donation today.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.