Tips for Animal Research Outreach

» Talk

Word of mouth is a powerful tool. The first step towards addressing an issue is to raise the public’s awareness of it. Just casually bringing up the subject of animal research is a good start.

If you are a scientist who works with animals, let your neighbors, family, friends, and general community know it. You have a valuable “in the trenches” perspective about why and how animal research is done. Talk about the issues affecting your research and why other people should be aware of them.

If you are not a scientist but still concerned about biomedical research, let your neighbors, family, friends, and general community know. Make them aware of the important role research with animals plays in developing measures to treat, prevent, and cure disease. Talk about how your life has been touched by scientific research.

» Become a Voice in Your Community

Beyond the casual discussion is deliberate effort. Scientists can volunteer to speak to voluntary health organizations about the latest research findings about a disease, pointing out the role of animal studies as part of the research process.

Write letters to the editor your local paper about research issues or comment online about newspaper or television stories. You might even want to contact local media to suggest story ideas—just be sure to coordinate with your institution’s media relations office if the story is about research there.

» Plug in

Become a voice in the online world as well. Help spread the word using social media platforms such as Facebook or Reddit. If you have a Twitter account, look for the #animalresearch tag or consider following pro-research groups to stay on top of current developments. If you have a blog, link to credible research information to give your readers a better understanding of why and how animal research is conducted.

» Contact Your Representatives

Legislators rely on feedback from their constituents. Scientists have great authority to speak to the value of medical research—let your elected representatives know what you think.

Unsure who your Senators and Representative are? FASEB’s Legislative Action Center page can tell you who they are.

Check out our other resource pages for how to contact Congress, and what to say when you do.

» Keep at it!

It takes time to see results from advocacy efforts. The longer you can keep working, the more good it will do.