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The Lush Prize for outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing has named the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) to its short list for its 2013 awards. All nominated projects have contributed to advancing animal-free testing through research, training, lobbying, or public awareness. NEAVS was nominated in the public awareness category for our Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories campaign, which advocates for chimpanzees to be the…

BOSTON, MA, Sept. 5, 2013—The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), Boston, and its affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR), New York, continue their legacy of supporting scientists committed to non-animal research with the launch of their Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. The $40,000 postdoctoral annual award will go to a woman working to develop, use, or validate non-animal alternatives…

President's Message: "A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more." – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School Since you never leave true loves, NEAVS continues to work for chimpanzees. Even with all our successes, there is still much to be done. Watch for our next steps. Meanwhile, I have news. News that one of…

UPDATE: The application period for the 2014 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences is closed. Please check back or contact us for information about 2015 funding. NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR)*, proudly announce our latest joint effort, the Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. This $40,000 postdoctoral award continues…

UPDATE: In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more. August 6, 2013 Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086 Division of Policy and Directives Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM Arlington, VA 22203 Comments on Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086 Dear Ms. Van Norman, On…

August 03, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD Blog Post

The following is in response to an article entitled "Should apes have legal rights?" As president of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), an 118-year-old Boston-based animal protection organization that spearheaded national efforts to end the use of chimpanzees in research, I first want to thank you for your story, “Should apes have legal rights?” Given our level of expertise regarding the use of chimpanzees in U.S. research, I am writing…

August 01, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD Blog Post

The following is in response to John VandeBerg's Aug. 1 New York Times op-ed, "Apes Need Vaccines, Too." VandeBerg (“Apes Need Vaccines, Too,” Aug. 2, 2013) acknowledges chimpanzee research is an “enterprise” – which according to Merriam-Webster is an “undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky” as well as “a unit of economic activity.” “As the chief scientific officer at a research institute that has 90 chimps supported by…

July 29, 2013 Capaldo, T. The Boston Globe. July 29, 2013 Blog Post

NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD's Boston Globe letter to the editor: Nathaniel P. Morris shared his ambivalent feelings about animal research in his July 25th, 2013 op-ed. There are more like him who want to end animal use and replace it with more effective, humane science. While the public accepts animal use only if it is necessary, scientists attest to how unnecessary and flawed it is as a route to…

UPDATE: This deadline has passed.  Despite violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), animal research facilities continue to operate business as usual. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, must take stronger action against violators. Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a registered research facility and licensed dealer with multiple serious violations that have resulted in animal suffering and death. When questioned by USDA inspectors, the facility has…

Update: This petition is now closed. Despite violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), animal research facilities continue to operate business as usual. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, must take stronger action against violators. Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a registered research facility and licensed dealer with multiple serious violations that have resulted in animal suffering and death. When questioned by USDA inspectors, the facility has even denied having hundreds of goats…