Challenging Misinformation

Guest post: Tom Holder, Understanding Animal Research. 

Against a backdrop of a 10% fall in support for animal research, we have to assume that the disinformation propagated by animal rights activists and organisations is getting through to the general public. Many of the spurious claims against research are spread online, and with web users spending over 5 hours every day online it is easy to see why.

Understanding Animal Research (UAR) is helping science-minded people to fight back because we feel it is vital that those who are speaking for animal research are those who best understand it.

We’ve established the Science Action Network to urge supporters of biomedical research to spend just five minutes per week debunking some of the pseudoscience posted about animal research that we’ve spotted.

UAR (@animalevidence), along with an increasing number of life-science organisations tweet links that contain misleading claims or just plain wrong information.  We’ve established a new hashtag – #ARnonsense – and are happy to see it’s now being increasingly widely used.

Fellow tweeters can follow @ARnonsenseRT  to see a full list of all #ARnonsense tweets. UAR also post regular #ARnonsense links as well as campaign updates to our Facebook group.

We’re making a difference

We’re measuring our impact and with your help we can gave an even greater effect.

Where the Science Action Network has linked to articles we have found the number of responses in support of biomedical research tends to double. Where we have highlighted polls the results have moved from around 40% in favour to 80% in favour of animal research.

Speaking of Research wrote an article on why we must respond to this internet activism that is definitely worth reading – they have also been tweeting #ARnonsense from their account @SpeakofResearch.

So I invite you to join the Science Action Network and take 5 minutes each week to challenge the misinformation about animal research.

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