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Summer 2017 newsletter

Summer 2017 newsletter

Dear friend,

Hope—that state of mind, that heart’s longing—that place from which we persevere in pursuit of dreams. It’s delicate, easily shattered by frustrations and failures. But as long as hope is not lost, we prevail. NEAVS’ hope to end cruel animal use in science is fueled by: the public’s growing support as it better understands what’s wrong with animal use, and the scientific advancements on laboratory benches waiting for acceptance by regulators and use by researchers.

This is why I asked our staff to focus on two things in our Summer UPDATE:

First, you’re going to read a summary of public opinion surveys by Faunalytics. NEAVS worked with them prior to launching our campaign to end chimpanzee research. We wanted a strategy informed about the messaging we should make. We wanted to learn what the resistance would look like. Thanks in part to this delve into public opinion, we spearheaded one of the most successful anti-vivisection campaigns in the country. The results of their recent polls are very informative.

Second, to bring to you—in lay terms—some of the advances being made in the development and use of non-animal methods in research, testing, and education. The more you know, the more you’ll remain hopeful about the amazing science advancing at an ever accelerating rate. The more you’ll be able to counter arguments like: "But animal use is necessary. If we stop using animals, how will we ever find the preventions and cures we need?" You’ll be able to answer: "No, it’s not. We will do better science that will lead to preventions and cures we now waste time, money, and lives seeking via cruel and outdated science."

We want to arm you with appetizer arguments that compel people to think about their fears and support of archaic science. Arguments that will help you sway public opinion.

This UPDATE is a prelude to our upcoming webinar on alternatives, which hosts scientists from the Harvard/MIT affiliated Wyss Institute, where new science is priority.

Perhaps the greatest symbol of hope is the beating heart which is the featured video on our homepage. Click here to see for yourself what a human heart cell beating looks like. For me, it’s the face of hope, the new science that means, one day, not one single animal is in one single lab.

For the animals,

Theodora Capaldo, EdD

To read the full newsletter, you can download Summer 2017 UPDATE here.