Educating the public about the use of animals in science—and alternatives to their use—is a vital component of NAVS’ mission. We place particular importance on educating children and teens about animal testing issues to help them understand, at the earliest stages of their education, that scientific discovery should be integrated with respect for animals.
So when seventh-grade students at a Chicago-area middle school reached out to ask if our staff would be available to meet with them and answer their questions about animal testing, we welcomed the opportunity.
As part of a class project on “expanding the circle of compassion,” students at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois, are preparing a public service video to educate their classmates about the need to stop animal experimentation and ways the public can help.
NAVS staff were interviewed for the video. We talked with the students about the number and types of animals that are used in research, as well as about available alternatives.
We also discussed the ways in which NAVS works to end the use of animals in science. We explained that we support the development and use of innovative, human-relevant models that have the ability to replace traditional animal models—because ultimately, this approach is more predictive and can help scientists get the answers they need more quickly and at less expense, both financially and ethically.
The students also wanted to know more about what they and other young people could do to help bring about an end to animal testing. Specifically, they wanted to know what tools were available for those looking to learn more and to make a difference.
One of the best tools, we told them, was NAVS’ recently-updated website at www.navs.org. The redesigned site offers easy-to-access resources to help students—and people of all ages—shop cruelty-free, to help them learn about scientific breakthroughs that are advancing science without harming animals, and to give them opportunities to take positive action for animals through our advocacy center. And it’s all mobile friendly!
We were pleased to have this opportunity to be a voice for the animals and to provide the next generation with valuable information about animal experimentation so that they too can be stronger animal advocates. It is important that we give children and adults alike the tools and resources to help them understand and speak about animal issues accurately and in a way that can benefit animals the most.
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