Current Campaigns

This page will lay out some of our current campaigns:

Speaking of Your Research

While advocacy groups can talk generally about why animal use continues to be needed, researchers are able to talk specifically about why their research could be not done without the careful and humane use of animal models. Speaking of Research challenges 52 scientists, a minute fraction of the total, to spend 2 hours this year writing a short article about their own research and why it requires animals. If this challenge is met we could publish one article every week for a year!

The guidelines are simple:

-          Articles should preferably be between 400 and 1500 words (much shorter than a grant proposal!)
–          Articles should include a picture if possible (No copyrighted images please)
–          Articles should be signed. If you are uncomfortable with using your name, provide a pseudonym*
–         Articles should be written in a manner accessible by non-scientists (we can help with this)
–          Articles should cover some of the following questions:

  • What does your research involve?
  • What are you researching? What applications might your research have in the future?
  • Why do you need to use animal models, why not alternatives?
  • How do you specifically consider the welfare needs of the animals?

The Speaking of Research committee is more than willing to offer help and advice to support you writing your article. Please email us on

see more about Speaking of Your Research here

Science Action Network

Speaking of Research and Understanding Animal Research are working together to encourage scientists to respond to animal rights misinformation in the print media and on the internet. We will be posting links to spurious information about animal research on Twitter and Facebook using the #ARnonsense hashtag.

We are asking you for just 5 minutes of your time each week to respond to claims made by animal rights groups. By following us and UAR on Twitter (@SpeakofResearch / @animalevidence) and Facebook (SpeakingofResearch / Understanding Animal Research) you can be updated on the latest misinformation alerts, as well as submitting your own by using the #ARnonsense (Animal Rights nonsense) hashtag on Twitter.
Read the original announcement of the Science Action Network and more about the rationale for building a network.