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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…

The piece below is in response to WBZ-TV's article "Dogs Used For Medical Research May Never Go Outside." Read original article here or below. Although the I-Team attempted to shed light on a deeply concerning issue to the American public – the use of dogs in research and testing – the pro and con remarks continued the same outdated rhetoric. The piece overlooked the advanced and humane alternatives available to modern science, and…

In continuing our dedication to a future generation of compassionate scientists who refuse to use animals in research, NEAVS is again offering two registration grants for the Second International Conference of Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, May 8-9 in Lisbon, Portugal. The $500 grants, which are available to doctoral and post-doc students from any country pursuing a career in the field of alternatives to animal experimentation, will cover the conference fee. The remaining amount will go toward…

Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur masterfully crafts a narrative for each animal she features with her unique and unrivaled ability to connect with them and their stories of survival. Below is a brief interview she gave with NEAVS staff about what it was like shooting for the collaboration, being around rescued animals, and witnessing NEAVS-supported sanctuary efforts. NEAVS: Your connection with the animals you photograph is obvious. How would you describe this…

For nearly 120 years, NEAVS’ strategic advocacy has delivered consistent victories for animals used in science. Some of these, such as an NIH decision protecting chimpanzees from use in research, we achieved through partnerships with organizations like Fauna Foundation. Now, we’re excited to present another collaboration: an exhilarating photographic journey. Join us as we commemorate some of the animals that have been recently rescued from research and education, while also…

Update (as of June 2017): The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of PETA, holding that "a government agency cannot withhold records on 'public safety' grounds unless the agency can provide specific factual support that releasing the records would jeopardize public safety." Click here to read the article from June 20, 2017 Click here to read the case summary (including court documents)  Original blog post (October 2014): This month, PETA sued the…