Abstract # 13375 Event # 23:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: (Room 313) Roundtable


PRIMATES AND POLICY: HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR RESPONSIBLE PRIMATE RESEARCH

A. M. Dettmer1, A. J. Bennett2 and K. A. Phillips3
1Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06519, USA, 2Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53715, USA, 3Department of Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
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     In recent years, threats to the future of primate-based research in the U.S. have been numerous: shutdowns of federally-funded research programs, legislative initiatives to limit primate research, and intensive campaigns by anti-animal research organizations have all contributed to an urgent need for advocacy by primatologists. This roundtable will be divided into two parts. The first part will describe recent threats, events, and their potential future impacts on scientific knowledge, public, and primate health. We will use an ethics of expertise framework to discuss how primatologists can contribute evidence to inform public consideration and decisions about practices and policies that affect primate research and care. The second part will detail how ASP is actively advocating as an organization and how individual ASP members can become involved in advocacy. In particular, ASP’s involvement in the STAR (Supporting Truth about Animal Research) Coalition and in partnering with AIBS (American Institute of Biological Sciences), as well as policy fellowships, advocacy for evidence-based protection and oversight of primates, and other advocacy tactics, will be shared. This workshop is ideal for primatologists at all career levels – from student through established researcher – who wish to learn how to advocate for the continued need for primate-based behavioral and biomedical research in the U.S.