April 29, 2022
Each April, a group of people committed to ending all use of animals for any purpose, including medical and scientific research, orchestrate events for a week that they designate as World Animals Week. animals in laboratories (WWAIL). One of WWAIL’s main goals is to generate media coverage through pickets and protests. The event often culminates in World Day of Animals in Laboratories (WDAIL). WWAIL also provides a timely opportunity for outreach and engagement from the research community. Back in 2015, we wrote about an example of how to do just that.
The website referenced in the banner shown in the photos here (animalresearch.wisc.edu) provides detailed information on animal research. The site provides facts, interviews, videos, photos and links for those who wish to learn more about why animal studies take place, the role they play in scientific and medical advances that serve the public interest, the way research is conducted, its ethical consideration, and the practices, policies, regulations and oversight that govern animal care.
In 2015, the same banner appeared in photos posted by WWAIL protesters. You can see them here.
Since then, other protesters have encountered the same banner and helped share its message.
As we wrote in 2015, “If your university or institution is among those drawing attention during WWAIL, we ask that you join the conversation by offering protesters, the public and the media your own voice. Whether through banners, websites or by speaking with journalists, advocate for science and the interests of the public by advancing scientific understanding and medical progress.
While this may not matter to those attached to an absolutist agenda, it may be important to those interested in building a dialogue based on facts and a serious examination of the complex issues that surround the public interests in the future of science, health and medicine. ”