NEAVS was founded in 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts, shortly after the first dedicated animal research laboratory in the country was established at Harvard Medical School.
In our focused mission for animals in research, NEAVS holds a unique position. We are one of only three anti-vivisection societies in the U.S. (all separate organizations).
Despite our regional name, NEAVS works nationally and internationally. Our Boston location, however, positions us in one of the three U.S. hubs (MA, NY, CA) for biomedical research, science education, and biotechnology. Further, NEAVS’ leadership includes a Board of Directors, each with more than 30 years of experience in the animal protection movement. Each director/officer holds a doctoral level degree in their professions (psychology, sociology, and law). The Board has a clear focus on programs and is committed to keeping our administration and development costs at or below national standards. In addition, our Advisory Board represents individuals from law, medicine, and other specialties who provide input and direction. Our office has a vegan and cruelty-free product policy. While we are committed to working for our anti-vivisection mission, we support all aspects of animal protection and rights. We “walk the talk.”
NEAVS is fully committed to accountability. In 2014 we spent 77% of our budget on programs. By using your donations wisely and keeping overhead to a minimum, we make your donations as effective as they can be. Each year NEAVS finances are subjected to an independent audit. In addition, we have a strict conflict of interest policy to ensure that NEAVS staff are hired on their merit and serve a vital function.
NEAVS' unique strength and effectiveness comes in great part from careful strategic program and fiscal planning. We initiate campaigns based on our overarching, four-point strategy for getting all animals out of labs:
By working at these four levels on campaigns that have major implications for all animals in research, NEAVS challenges the animal research industry at a deeper, more effective level than by focusing on the barrage of issues that confront us each day. Through our scientific publications, comprehensive websites, national educational outreach, policy and lawmaking, NEAVS educates and inspires; provides resources for students, legislators, scientists, policymakers, and the public at large; and provides the tools needed to end animal use and replace it with scientifically superior and humane alternatives.
While it is tempting to jump on the most recently exposed problem or to chase press opportunities, we remain focused on strategic campaigns that drive positive results for all animals in all labs. This requires a major commitment of time and volumes of detailed work, thought, and resources. Whether it takes months or years, once we commit to a campaign, we see it through. We encourage all donors and prospective donors to research carefully the programmatic campaigns of any organization they are considering supporting. An informed donor should ask, “Who is this organization’s leadership? What are their campaigns? How much funding do they dedicate to them? How effective are they? Do they stick to it?” If you ask any of these questions of NEAVS, you will receive resounding, in-depth, and affirmative answers.