Federal and state open-records laws are vital to American democracy. They allow us to be well-informed about our government and public institutions. NEAVS utilizes open-records laws to learn and inform lawmakers and animal lovers like you about animal suffering in labs. In the last year, we have received 3,507 records related to nearly 600 different laboratories. Unfortunately, many labs black out whole sections of public records. On top of that, most state laws lack an appeals process to challenge universities that refuse to release records. But we fight back against anti-transparency institutions every chance we get. These documents belong to the people, in their entirety.
5. If You Want the Truth, It Will Cost You
What’s worse than redacted records? No records at all. This is the strategy of particularly secretive institutions, like the University of Georgia and Virginia Commonwealth University. They demand NEAVS pay ten times the reasonable amount for basic records they have on hand. Thousands of dollars per request. Their goal? To make us give up. But we never will.
Not when we have your passion on our side.
Your Next Step: Find the Truth.
Did you know that NEAVS hosts virtual workshops where you can hone your animal activism skills? In our next workshop, we help you navigate government websites and published papers to find the answers you need to tell the stories of animals inside laboratories. You will come away with the tools (and practice!) you need to start penetrating this secretive industry.