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NEAVS is happy to announce that last week the New Hampshire Board of Education approved a policy (endorsed by NEAVS) supporting the right of all K-12 students to choose alternatives to traditional animal dissection without being penalized. New Hampshire was the only state left in New England to make this compassionate change and the new policy makes New England 100% Dissection Choice – our goal! NEAVS has worked diligently with…

As spring approaches, many students studying the life sciences will be given lessons in anatomy and physiology through classroom dissection of frogs and other animal specimens. If you or someone you know prefers not to dissect once-living animals, be assured there are alternatives. Advanced computer programs simulate dissection, and studies show students who use these learn as well as or better than students using specimens. Parents and students, ask teachers…

To receive our monthly eNews by email, sign up here. In This Issue ... More NEAVS funding for Sanctuary and Rescue Leaping Bunny Update World Bans on Animal Tests ... and more We Can’t Forget the Rest of the Chimps Twin brothers Hunter and Lyons, companions for 21 years owned by and held at Yerkes research center, were separated in 2006. Lyons, in acute kidney failure, was retired and transferred to Chimp Haven.…

After years of planning, the Nonhuman Rights Project this week filled three landmark lawsuits in New York aimed at releasing four chimpanzees from captivity. The suits are the first actions in a broader strategy dedicated to granting nonhuman animals their own legal rights. Chimpanzees were selected for the first lawsuits as they are beyond doubt socially and cognitively complex, as well as the closest relative of humans. Dolphins, whales, and…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently retired nearly 90% of federally owned chimpanzees in laboratories. However, until last week there were numerous questions surrounding how their retirement would be paid for. With a $100,000 grant to federal sanctuary Chimp Haven, NEAVS was the first to step up and help. Our seed money went to support the first chimpanzees the NIH retired last fall from Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center…

October 22, 2013 Capaldo, T. Our Hen House. Oct. 22, 2013 Blog Post

The following is from a guest post on the Our Hen House website. Our Hen House aims to "effectively mainstream the movement to end the exploitation of animals" by providing resources such as video, audio, interviews, reviews, and the written word to create change for animals. Read the original piece here and listen to Dr. Capaldo's interview on their podcast here (read the transcript). Fighting Science with Science: The End of Vivisection…

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…

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…