Over the past few days, you’ve heard from many different people, each of whom has their own special reason for supporting the National Anti-Vivisection Society and for asking that you do the same. Today, I’d like to tell you my reason.
Since 2004, I have had the honor of serving first as a Board member and now as Board President of NAVS. It’s a responsibility that I do not undertake lightly. I do it because I know that NAVS is the strongest, most impactful and most effective organization in the U.S. that is working to end the exploitation of animals in science.
And as this year comes to a close, I wanted to thank you personally for helping to make us so strong, so impactful and so effective.
Over the past 90 years, we’ve had a lot of successes on behalf of animals. And you’ve been right there with us, every step of the way. Because of you, we’ve supported cutting-edge research to replace the use of animals in science, ensured that “retired” research animals are able to finally find peace and safety in homes or sanctuaries, and helped advocates speak up and speak out in support of animal-friendly laws and policies. Because of you, we’re creating better lives for animals.
But this is a continuing battle. And while I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, there is so much more to be done.
We have great plans for building on our successes and continuing our progress in 2020 and beyond, including a campaign dedicated to reducing—and eventually eliminating altogether—the number of dogs used in invasive research, and targeted efforts to bring humane dissection alternatives into U.S. classrooms.
It is unnecessary—and verging on senseless—to impose cruelty upon other beings for purposes of experimentation. It is wrong. Simply wrong. You know it, and I know it. Before the clock strikes 12 tonight, I hope you will join me in standing up for what is right by making a tax-deductible donation to NAVS.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year,
Michael B. Mann
Board President, NAVS
Pictured: Michael Mann and his nephew-dog, Louie