The general public often perceives animal research in a negative light, largely because of animal rights activists who use heartbreaking images and misinformation as propaganda. As a result, legislation and public funding are diverted away from biomedical research, potentially jeopardizing scientific progress. To combat this phenomenon, numerous organizations have been established with the goal of educating the public, the media and policy makers about the importance of animal experimentation. These groups also work to give laboratory researchers the tools they need to protect their institutions against radical activism.Lab Anim. (NY) 37, 501-508 (2008).