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UPDATE: The comment period is closed. 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. In response to a rulemaking petition submitted by NEAVS, HSUS, and other organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a proposed rule that would increase protections for chimpanzees under the…

Update: This petition is now closed.  This bill was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy!  HB 6329: "An Act Concerning Dissection Choice" passed a House vote and is now on the Senate calendar! Thank you Connecticut supporters for contacting your legislators to give students the right to learn through superior dissection alternatives. Please take the time to now contact your state senator and ask them to support the bill. Once the…

Did you know that helping animals in labs also helps the environment? In addition to the suffering and bad science resulting from animal use, NEAVS asks you give thought to the tons of dead bodies disposed every year by biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. Labeled “biological waste,” let’s never forget they were all once living, thinking, and feeling animals whose short lives were cruelly sacrificed to ineffective science and indefensible ethics.…

Update: This petition is now closed.  Primates Suffer in Cargo Transport Airlines transport primates packed into small wooden crates to research facilities worldwide, including to the U.S. Some die in transport because of the deplorable conditions of being shipped as cargo. Others endure and survive only to reach a cruel fate in research.  More and more transportation and airline companies are ending the practice of shipping primates destined for laboratories,…

Update: This petition is now closed. This bill was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy!  HB 6329 is a long overdue bill giving students with conscientious objections the right to abstain from classroom dissections or experiments on animals. HB 6329 has already passed favorably out of the Joint Committee on Children, the Office of Legislative Research, the Office of Fiscal Analysis, and the Committee on Education. It now awaits a vote…

Update: This petition is now closed.  Thank you to all our NEAVS supporters who submitted comments to NIH. The comment period has closed. Read NEAVS' comments to the Working Group here. In June 2013, NIH accepted all but one of the CoC's recommendations.  The NIH seeks public input on its recent Council of Councils (CoC) recommendations regarding the fate of federally owned chimpanzees in U.S. laboratories. In January, the CoC…

Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees are living in research laboratories in the United States. Some have been confined in labs for up to 50 years. The vast majority, if not all, are not involved in active research protocols – instead they are languishing, warehoused at taxpayers’ expense. According to the National Institutes of Health, the cost to U.S. taxpayers for chimpanzee research and maintenance is more than $60 million per year. The…

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.   NEAVS, along with HSUS and other organizations, filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2010 requesting the agency “uplist” the status of captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered. FWS agreed to review the…

Update: This petition is now closed. On bear bile farms throughout Asia, Asiatic black bears – known as moon bears because of the crescent-shaped marking on their chests – are held in “crush cages” for their entire lives for the sake of traditional Eastern medicine. Highly endangered, with only an estimated 16,000 remaining in the wild, some 10,000-13,000 of them are kept in metal cages forced to remain in a…