Abstract # 2883 Event # 129:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010 09:45 AM-11:45 AM: Session 22 (Mezzanine Ballroom A/B/C/D) Roundtable


ANIMAL RESEARCH ADVOCACY

A. J. Bennett1, K. Bocanegra2, L. Fairbanks3, R. Kyes4 and J. Newman5
1Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Wake Forest University Primate Center, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27127, USA, 2Americans for Medical Progress, 3University of California Los Angeles, 4Washington National Primate Research Center, 5Oregon National Primate Research Center
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While responsible use of animals in humanely-conducted, ethical research is vital to medical advancement and progress in improving human health, it is also the subject of public controversy. There is ample evidence of negative perceptions and misconceptions that many lay people have of the use of animals in behavioral and biomedical research. The continued escalation of animal activism around the world, including increasing violence directed at scientists and institutions involved in animal research, represents a serious threat to scientific progress. Community outreach, education, and engagement are essential to promote public understanding of how animal research contributes to advancements and improvements in public health. This roundtable will provide an overview and discussion of the issues surrounding animal research, public opinion, animal activism, and outreach efforts at local, national, and international levels. The panel will include speakers with expertise in issues related to animal research advocacy and public outreach: Kristen Bocanegra, Vice-President of Americans for Medical Progress; Lynn Fairbanks, founding member of Pro-Test for Science; Randy Kyes, Director, Center for Global Field Study; Head, Division of International Programs, Washington National Primate Research Center; Jim Newman, Public Information Officer, Oregon National Primate Research Center; and Allyson J. Bennett, Wake Forest University Primate Center Community and Education program director.  The roundtable will conclude with discussion between panelists and the audience.