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In 2015 for the first time, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) recognized captive chimpanzees in the USA as belonging to an “endangered” species. Conservationists rejoiced at the promise of extra protection for these apes. Yet, in the first test of the effect of the newly strengthened protection, USFWS plans a decision that seriously jeopardizes that promise. Its action risks promoting trade in endangered species. Last month, USFWS announced that…

NEAVS hosted a webinar on Thursday, 5/12/2016 at 12:00 p.m. EDT where Theodora Capaldo, CEO of NEAVS talked with special guest Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, about ending the use of animals in cosmetics testing around the world. Michelle and Dr. Capaldo reviewed the global state of the cruelty-free cosmetics campaign and the major role Cruelty Free International played in the effort to ban cosmetics testing in the European…

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm ET Duration: 50 Minutes REGISTRATION IS FREE Host: Theodora Capaldo, EdD, President and CEO of The New England Anti-Vivisection Society Special Guest: Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International Join NEAVS for a webinar on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EDT as Theodora Capaldo, CEO, NEAVS talks with special guest Michelle Thew, CEO, Cruelty Free International, about ending the use of animals in…

Update: This petition is now closed.  U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE DOUBLES UP ON ITS MISTAKE! NEAVS and its coalition of sanctuaries and chimpanzee experts filed a new lawsuit against U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in response to its recent notification of its intent to issue Yerkes’ export permit to ship Abby, Agatha, Elvira, Faye, Fritz, Lucas, Tara and Georgia – The Yerkes’ 8 – out of the protection of the U.S.…

BOSTON, April 25, 2016 -- Today the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and a coalition of sanctuaries and chimpanzee experts, filed suit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in response to its Thursday (April 21) decision to grant Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) a permit to export eight endangered chimpanzees (Yerkes' 8) -- Abby, Agatha, Elvira, Faye, Fritz, Lucas, Tara and Georgia -- to Wingham Wildlife Park…

If you live near wetlands, you’ve already delighted in the sound of peepers -- the harbingers of spring. But no matter where you live, when you think of frogs, you probably remember walking into your science class, smelling a strong odour of formaldehyde, and being instructed to choose a limp, dead, and preserved frog. Not so long ago, no one was ever offered an alternative to this rite of passage. …

As a physician, I understand the need for medical research. What I can't understand is why we persist in using animals. Researchers use many kinds of animal species in the now recognized mistaken belief that what holds true for other species also holds true for humans. Some, like mice, are used primarily because they're inexpensive and easy to handle. None are used with true consideration for their suffering. A prime…

UPDATE 2/23/2016: - THE COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Even with the recent retraction by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) of Yerkes' export permit due to opposition from the public (LIKE YOU!) as well as expert conservation and legal opinion around the world, Yerkes Primate Research Center continues efforts to ship Lucas, Fritz, Abby, Agatha, Tara, Faye, Elvira and Georgia, the "Yerkes 8" to…

After all of our 2015 achievements, we want to thank you again for your generous support. Because of supporters like you we have seen another year of milestones on the road to ending the suffering and deaths of animals in outdated, inhumane and ‘status quo’ science. 2015 highlights include: APRIL: NEAVS presented at the Cosmetics Compliance Summit – an outreach to the industry. MAY: NEAVS and its coalition launched a campaign to stop the…

You’ve heard a lot of opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) granting the Yerkes National Primate Research Center a permit to export Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia --the “Yerkes 8” -- overseas to an unaccredited roadside zoo.  While politics could prevail over good sense and U.S. law, I assure you NEAVS will fight this permit to the end. Why? Because wherever we look,…