In our experience, many former laboratory workers feel a need to give back to the animals they left behind in the labs. Sharing your story and the stories you brought out of the lab with an advocacy organization like LPAG, volunteering at an animal sanctuary, volunteering to be medical research subject, or contributing to organizations that are developing non-animal based medical models can help you deal with your feelings of guilt, sadness, and anger.
Volunteer with an advocacy organization
You are in a unique position in that you have been witness to the conditions under which biomedical research is conducted and you understand that many of the studies you participated in may have resulted in pain and distress while yielding little or no medical benefit. Organizations like those listed below need you to bring the stories from the laboratories into the light of day, where they can be used to help the nonhuman primates you knew in the lab and countless others across the country.
Your work in the laboratory gave you a specialized set of skills – you understand husbandry procedures and regulations, you have empathy for animals, and you care. Channel your energy into sanctuary work!
LPAG endorses primate sanctuaries affiliated with the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA).
We also endorse other sanctuaries accredited or verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Use their interactive map to find a sanctuary near you.
Volunteer to be a laboratory subject
To contribute to science without using nonhuman animals, consider volunteering for clinical studies at a local university or hospital. Below are a few links to help you get started. These are just some of what’s out there.
Support the development of alternatives to animal-based research
Americans For Medical Advancement (AFMA) promotes human wellness by exposing the lost opportunities for cures and the life-threatening results of animal-modeled biomedical research. AFMA educates the public, showing how government and charities misspend medical research dollars and place our families at grave risk.
The Medical Modernization Research Committee (MRMC) is a national health advocacy group composed of physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who evaluate the benefits, risks, and costs of medical research methods and technologies.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a national group of doctors and laypersons who oppose unethical human experimentation and promote alternatives to animal experiments.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing gave rise to AltWeb, the Alternatives to Animal Testing on the Web database intended for use by researchers, industry, IACUCs, and the public.
Alternatives Research and Development Foundation is an affiliate of the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) and aims to provide the motivation, management, funding, resources, and scientific expertise needed to replace animal use in laboratories. ARDF provides specific grants to scientists and educators to develop alternatives; information on alternatives to individuals, organizations, schools, and representatives of media and government; and promotes alternatives through publications, lectures, seminars, and workshops.
Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) is not an abolitionist organization, but does advocate reducing numbers of animals, refining procedures to minimize suffering, and replacement with alternatives.
Institute for In Vitro Sciences is a non-profit, technology driven, foundation dedicated to the advancement of alternative test methods. The Institute functions as a independent technical and educational resource which strives to coordinate various efforts taking place in the field nationally and harmonize them with international activities.
Dr. Hadwen Trust is funding non-animal research into major health problems such as cancer, heart disease, meningitis and Alzheimer’s disease. None of the Trust’s research uses animals or animal tissues, and all of it contributes to the replacement of animals whilst furthering research into human medical problems.
European Society of Toxicology In Vitro like the name suggests, promotes in vitro toxicology in Europe.