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The following is in response to the October 28, 2015 USA Today article, “We’re killing chimps with kindness”. In an online opinion column, “We’re killing chimps with kindness”, Frankie L. Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), argues that sacrificing captive chimpanzees is a necessary component of Ebola vaccine development. She opines that what wild populations need in order to be saved from extinction is continued sacrifice of…

Update: This public comment period is now closed. YERKES’ CHIMPS MUST GO TO U.S. SANCTUARIES The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)  announced a PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD on the Federal Register for Yerkes National Primate Research Center’s permit application request to export eight of its chimpanzees overseas to Wingham Wildlife Park, an unaccredited U.K. facility.  WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 16, 2015 to voice opposition to Yerkes’ request to ship eight chimpanzees overseas in the…

World Animal Day, held annually on October 4th, is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare. This day is an opportunity to consider our relationship with the rest of the animals we share the earth with. The plight of animals used in cosmetics testing is often overlooked, as they are hidden from public view. Help NEAVS ensure we recognize all of the millions of invisible animals used in…

On Monday, September 14th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) uplisting that gives the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living relatives in Africa went into effect! The decision reversed a decades-long policy that contributed to the inhumane and wasteful use of chimpanzees in biomedical research for humans. Their new FWS endangered status affords chimpanzees further protections, such as restrictions on their use in…

I have a patient … one of three I still see, who is 86 years old. A lovely man who reminds me of how respectful his generation was and aspired to be. He reminds me of not only how I was raised – the values my family taught me - but more importantly of how the world seems in comparison today.  Many wonder if our society has lost its compass.…

Update: This petition is now closed. On February 4, 2015, Yerkes National Primate Facility, Emory University, announced plans to 'donate' 8 chimpanzees to an unaccredited wildlife park in the UK. Their announcement, just months before U.S. Fish & Wildlife's decision to 'uplist' captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered, ignores public sentiment - end chimpanzee research and retire them to the safety of U.S. sanctuaries. Effective September 14, 2015, captive chimpanzees,…

With your action, the USDA received well over 10,000 public comments on a Rulemaking Petition for the psychological well-being of all primates in labs. The Petition, submitted by the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group (LPAG), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) seeks to assure that the psychological well-being of primates in labs – as already required by the Animal…

President's Message: Many believe the human journey is about extending our empathy to broader circles. Yet in today’s world, those who work to protect our streams and forests are derogatorily dubbed “tree huggers.” Those who work for social and political equality for women may be afraid to use the word “feminist.” How have we arrived at a place where there are still some who wish to punish us for understanding the common ground everything shares? A while ago, we introduced you to our Common Ground campaign –…

Update: This petition is now closed.  The Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA, H.R. 2858) was reintroduced today with bi-partisan Congressional support. NEAVS thanks U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), and Joe Heck (R-NV) for the strong leadership they're taking to end the inhumane and unnecessary use of animals in cosmetics testing. "Public opinion tells us Americans want to see an end to the use of animals in…

The following is in response to the May 29, 2015 Boston Globe article, 'Harvard primate lab’s end puzzles researchers.' While Harvard has irrefutably contributed to human advancement, I would never describe its Southborough Primate Facility as “a unique spot in the region’s landscape of prestigious biomedical research institutions.” It was not. During the 1980s, before my tenure as New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) president, I worked on a Mass Department…