Major Campaigns

Avenues of Advocacy: An Overview

One of, if not the most difficult and demanding areas of animal protection is ending the brutality of animal experiments and testing, and replacing them with scientifically superior and humane non-animal alternatives. While our successes are real, the lobbying interests for institutions and their financial gains, as well as the rigidity of the status quo, make this progress often painstakingly slower than it need be.

NEAVS is actively at work in several key areas that with your help will end the use of animals in research, testing, and science education. Here are some examples of what we do:

Legislation/policy change

  • Advocating for the Humane Cosmetics Act to end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.
  • Petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through our Mandatory Alternatives Petition that argues validated non-animal alternatives, whenever they exist, must be used in place of animal testing
  • Petitioning the USDA for better standards to promote the psychological well-being of primates in labs

Scientific research

  • Systematic reviewing of published research and reporting of scientific data that supports an end to animal research based on its irrelevance, lack of predictive outcome, or necessity for human health
  • Authoring and publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals on the scientific case against chimpanzee research, as well as evidence of the long-term trauma suffered by chimpanzees from labs

Public outreach

  • Promoting the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free shopping initiative (NEAVS is a founding member of this coalition), which ensures pledged companies are 100% free of new animal testing at every stage of development – from ingredients to final product

Education and medical training

  • Working to end the harmful use of animals at all levels of science education, NEAVS' educational program, the Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC):
    • provides alternatives to animal dissection to students and teachers
    • submits testimony in support of dissection choice bills
    • awards students for humane science fair projects
    • provides scholarship support to PhD-level students interested in careers in non-animal research
  • Campaigning against the lethal use of animals in veterinary and medical training and supporting international conferences on the use of non-animal educational alternatives
  • Offering a one-year, postdoctoral fellowship grant to a woman committed to developing, validating, or using alternatives to animal methods in the investigation of women's health or sex differences

Rescue and sanctuary

  • Securing and/or supporting animal rescues and lifelong sanctuary care for the fortunate few who make it out of research alive