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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like you we have seen another year of milestones on the road to ending the suffering and deaths of animals in outdated, inhumane and ‘status quo’ science. 2015 highlights include: APRIL: NEAVS presented at the Cosmetics Compliance Summit – an outreach to the industry.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,…

President's Message: We are forged by fate, genes, environment, culture, and, importantly, personal choice. Along with our nature-nurture givens, we make decisions that make us who we are. Because people care, they have made choices that led to laws and practices that have eliminated animal suffering and death at the hands of humans. For example, many countries have already banned the use of animals in cosmetics testing.  Cosmetics are the colors and scents we use to adorn ourselves. Beauty, hygiene, and health are among the reasons people…

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2015 -- In response to a lawsuit filed Monday by a coalition of animal welfare organizations, sanctuaries, and individuals – led by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) – the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) informed NEAVS today that instead of issuing a permit to Yerkes National Research Center under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to export eight chimpanzees to England, it would re-open the comment period and allow…

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2015 -- New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) a Boston-based, international animal advocacy organization, and its coalition of chimpanzee experts and sanctuaries, filed a lawsuit today against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) challenging the agency's decision to  issue a permit to Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes), Atlanta, GA, to "donate" eight chimpanzees - Lucas, Fritz, Abby, Agatha, Tara, Faye, Elvira and Georgia - to Wingham Wildlife…

The institution called chimpanzee research to which Robert Yerkes (yes, namesake of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Atlanta, GA) gave a foothold in America in the 1920s, has always been a house of cards: an institution that is insubstantial, shaky and in constant risk of collapse. Researchers have known this. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has known this.  Yet the price of playing the game for decades has…

NEAVS is overjoyed to report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided to send ALL NIH OWNED CHIMPANZEES TO SANCTUARY! This is an important and heart warming reversal of NIH's previous decision to retire its chimpanzees but to keep "50 in reserve" for possible future need.    NIH added that its funding for privately owned chimpanzees will end! NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, explained: "I think this is the natural…

BOSTON, Nov. 17, 2015 -- New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), a national animal advocacy organization, and its coalition, submitted comments to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) opposing an export permit for Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) "donating" eight chimpanzees - Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, Georgia - to Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham), an unaccredited U.K.zoo. This September, FWS up-listed captive chimpanzees to "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Yerkes must…

Thank you for your efforts to help NEAVS oppose Yerkes’ export permit application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to donate eight chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. zoo. We want to update you on our work to stop the eight chimps - Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia - from being shipped overseas - out of reach of U.S. laws, and instead be placed in the…

Update: This public comment period is now closed.  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD is only open until November 16. You still have time to oppose Yerkes National Primate Research Center's application for a permit to ship 8 chimpanzees (now protected under the Endangered Species Act - ESA) to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. facility. These 8 chimpanzees – Lucas, Fritz, Agatha, Abby, Tara, Faye, Elvira, and Georgia – who…