Active citizenship is essential to positive change. AAVS (and the AAVS family) serves, in part, as a platform for its members and supporters to voice their concerns and desires for an ethical and compassionate future.
Make sure your representatives are representing you. Remind them that local, national, and global issues regarding animal use are important to the members of every community, and that they have the power to effect positive change. Use the AAVS Action Center to send messages directly to decision makers.
There are countless and wonderful companies that do not make use of animal testing or animal ingredients. You can make a difference by supporting those companies – by creating a demand for household, personal care, and cosmetic products that are not tested on animals. Make sure that your actions in the marketplace are aligned with your values – that you are using your power to shape the economy – by shopping cruelty free.
Community Involvement and Cultural Production
Whether you are a member of the scientific community or not, you can help create a culture that demands ethical science. Raising awareness can take many forms, but is simply communication.
Do you have the opportunity to speak before a group of people? At a community or school event? At work or with a hobby group? Online? Speak about what matters to you. Recognize that your voice is powerful and can help a great number of people and animals. Reach out with kindness and compassion and encourage others to do so as well.
Just as AAVS is your source for information about animals in science, you can be a resource for your community. Pass along AAVS publications, refer students and other educators to The Science Bank for dissection alternatives, and encourage those around you to learn about animal issues in any way available to them.
Be a model for ethical behavior. Compassionate shopping, ethical food choices, political advocacy, and charitable giving are all a part of taking action. Let others see how rewarding these behaviors can be – live well and provide for those around you keeping ethics and civic responsibility in mind as the bottom line.
Although education and communication are instrumental, the work of AAVS would not be possible without financial support. Your donation will make a difference – visit our donations page to find out more about how you can contribute.