The Animals Need Your Vote
These days on the news, you hear a lot about red states and blue states—It’s party politics. But you don’t have to be a Democrat or Republican or Independent to care about animals. In fact, animal welfare is one of the few remaining nonpartisan issues left in politics. Legislators from all parties have done positive, and negative, things for animals over the years.
Know the candidates before you vote!
Election season is a great time to get answers from candidates about issues that matter for animals. Both incumbents and challengers are out in the community, making appearances, and are generally more accessible. If you take the time to attend these events, you may find that you have the opportunity to speak directly with candidates. Tell them that you care about animals and ask that they support pro-animal legislation. Constituents who vote based on a candidate’s commitment to animal protection send a strong message.
Bottom line? Your involvement during election season—and voting for animal-friendly candidates—can make a difference!
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Biomedical engineer Dr. Gretchen Mahler is using human cells to develop a physiologically realistic model of the kidney. It has already proven capable of filtering imitation blood and producing a urine-like substance. With further work, the model could be used to screen new drugs and eliminate those that harm the kidneys. Dr. Mahler is a 2018 grant recipient of the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, an affiliate of AAVS. Dr. Mahler explains the importance of her research, saying, “The value of animal studies in predicting drug efficacy remains questionable and ethically challenging.” We certainly agree! READ MORE »
Watch this fun slide video, showcasing Critical Care Jerry and Fluffy manikins, veterinary training alternatives that are available through The Science Bank, a free lending library operated by AAVS’s education division, Animalearn. Check out Animalearn on Facebook to find more amazing alternatives to the harmful use of animals in science education. And don’t forget to ‘like’ Animalearn’s page! WATCH THE VIDEO »
The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a long-time collaborator with AAVS’s affiliate, ARDF, was selected to serve on a working group in China that will advise on research and validation efforts for non-animal testing methods. The Chinese government still uses animal tests to assess the safety of cosmetic products entering the country, so companies selling their products there cannot be certified cruelty-free. Efforts such as this are needed to end the use of animals in testing worldwide. READ MORE »