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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

As new, vibrant buds herald spring, I’m writing my inaugural blog post to you…reflecting on all we have accomplished for animals in labs. The changes we help create, those we set in motion, and the care we offer animals rescued and forever safe in sanctuary. Yet, given the nature of our work, I cannot avoid thinking about news that added to our list of all that remains to be done…

As a national leader in efforts to end the suffering and unnecessary deaths of animals in cosmetics and product testing, NEAVS has been invited back to present at the Cosmetic Compliance Summit in Edison, NJ, this April 27-29. Our focus is our innovative, first-of-its kind initiative: Animal Research is Hazardous Waste. Join NEAVS President and featured participant, Theodora Capaldo, EdD, at the conference, which looks to be even more informative than last year’s inaugural event. Now is…

On March 9, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack released the first phase of a review of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s treatment of animals. This comes in response to January’s New York Times investigative article highlighting the appalling activities taking place at the USDA's research facility in Clay Center, Nebraska, and contains initial findings and recommendations. Download the report here. Although we do not oppose the recommendations, we see…