If you pass an antivivisection demonstration, you may find yourself staring at images of animals which bear little relation to modern research. These photos are often from other countries, decades out of date, or entirely out of context.
There are several efforts to counter this. The research advocacy group Americans for Medical Progress developed the “Come See Our World” website to provide real and accurate images from labs all across the US. In addition, Understanding Animal Research created 360 Laboratory Animal Tours around four labs in the UK which allows you to virtually tour different animal rooms. Speaking of Research has a small media library on our resources page. These images appear in our posts and are also available for others to use and share.
Help us grow the number of images in our library. One goal to provide resources for news outlets that frequently request recent images of laboratory animals, rather than having them use photographs from protests (like the one above). To do this, we need more images unrestricted images that we own the rights to, so we can openly share them with journalists around the world. The next time you see a media story about animal research, would you rather see our pictures or the ones sent by activists?
How you can help?
We need researchers, technicians and others, to provide us with photos of animals from their labs (with the facility’s permission of course). The images should not include any identifying features (animal or researcher names on cages, identifiable people in the background, etc.). The photos also need to be high resolution. We are specifically looking for pictures of animals in enclosures, refinements in housing, and animals undergoing procedures. All species are welcome, especially mice, rats, birds and fish, since they make up approximately 95% of all research animals.
The images will be shared under the Creative Commons license. This allows everyone to use and share the images
Pictures should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
See some of our existing images below:
You can find all our photos permanently based on our resources page. This is along with our background briefings on animal research and other materials.
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