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.
Who we are
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.”
Our spending practices
NEAVS is fully committed to accountability. We consistently spend 80-84% of our budget on programs, with on average only 5% on administration and 11% on fundraising. 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:
- We spearheaded what is now a nationwide effort to break the species barrier in science and protect the first non-human species—chimpanzees—from research through Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories.
- We promote non-animal alternatives, working at the federal level to make alternatives mandatory and at the grassroots level to encourage cruelty-free consumer purchasing [see our work with the Mandatory Alternatives Petition, the Leaping Bunny program, and our sister organization, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR)].
- We work to ensure a new generation of anti-vivisectionist scientists through our educational affiliate, the Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC), by supporting humane alternatives to the harmful use of animals at all levels of science education and training.
- We fight science with science. NEAVS' team of scientists are methodically looking at the use of animals in research. We are contributing a unique and overwhelming body of scientific evidence that demonstrates that animal research is unnecessary, limited, or dangerous for humans. The scientific facts make it clear that unreliable, non-predictive, and unnecessary animal research must be replaced with alternative methods which deliver human-relevant results. Read our Scientific Papers
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, litigation, policy- and law-making, NEAVS educates and inspires; provides resources for students, legislators, scientists, policy-makers, 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.