Here we are—New Year’s Eve. The last day of what has, in many ways, felt like the longest year ever.
But while 2020 certainly has had more than its share of challenges, it has brought with it some exciting movement on behalf of animals. And we have you to thank for that.
As the year comes to a close, I hope I can count on your continued support through a year-end gift to NAVS.
This year, NAVS embarked on our “Plan for Progress,” an ambitious, multi-pronged effort—working within the scientific community—to find and promote humane and effective non-animal solutions to scientific research. Thanks to your support, we are:
- Establishing and applying ethical criteria to any scientific research on nonhuman primates, thereby reducing and eventually eliminating their use as research subjects.
- Conducting research aimed at prioritizing and advancing the development of superior alternatives to the use of dogs in research.
- Demonstrating that the learning outcomes of science classes can be achieved – and even improved—through the use of humane, non-animal alternatives to classroom dissection.
Together, we’re leading the movement to change hearts and minds in favor of ending animal experimentation, especially within the scientific community.
And scientists are starting to recognize the problem.
A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) admitted not only that most dog experiments conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are unnecessary, but that the main reason researchers continue to use dogs is because it’s what they’ve always done. The reporting committee called this rationale “insufficient” and one “that perpetuates the use of laboratory dogs without adequate examination of alternatives.”
This is precisely the point NAVS has been making for years. And now others are joining the chorus. You are helping build a new consensus.
Your year-end gift to NAVS before midnight tonight will help us continue to work with scientists…to build upon incremental wins like we are seeing with the NASEM…to bring humane education tools into classrooms all across the country…to make our shared vision of a better, more compassionate world a reality.
I thank you for your continued support and friendship, and I wish you all the best in the new year.