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Out of the lab and into the debate

Editorial Team November 8th, 2012 3 Comments

Scientists are mobilising in an effort to have their voices heard in discussion of animal research  

As part of our ‘Shall it stay or shall it go? campaign we’ve been asking you about the future of animal research in Europe.

Well it seems that some of the scientists who work in this area have given their verdict: they want it to stay and are more than a little worried about what they see as myths around animal studies.

The folks who run the Understanding Animal Research website have brought together concerned researchers from the UK to create the Science Action Network.

The group wants scientists to enter the debate which it says has been characterised by inaccuracies and confusion, partly because scientists have been reluctant to speak up.

They are asking scientists to give five minutes per week to reply to misinformation on the internet and social media channels. There’s even a dedicated Twitter hashtag – #ARnonsense – which they want scientists to use when debunking myths, and a Facebook page where researchers are encouraged to weigh in on videos and articles about animal science.
 

So, dear reader, the question is: will it work?

Are scientists the right people to discuss the ethics of animal research? Does the campaign target the right people through the right channels? What about the tone? Do you find it abrasive, irreverent – or both?

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  1. Tom says:

    Thanks for the mention.

    I do believe that scientists are the right people to be talking about this as they are the ones who understand what is going on thorugh first hand experience. They are uniquely suited to debunking some of the myths surrounding animal use.

  2. Raemdonck says:

    Not only is it time for scientist to speak up but also for the general public to be better informed about the extremely usefull work researchers do that benefits humans and animals alike. The debate is not just about research, some animal extremist groups say they oppose ANY animal use. Did you vote for this? http://research4drugdiscovery.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-undemocratic-but-humane-society.html  

  3. Tom, Eric, thank you for your valuable input in this discussion, it is greatly appreciated.

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