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July 29, 2013 Capaldo, T. The Boston Globe. July 29, 2013 Blog Post

NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD's Boston Globe letter to the editor: Nathaniel P. Morris shared his ambivalent feelings about animal research in his July 25th, 2013 op-ed. There are more like him who want to end animal use and replace it with more effective, humane science. While the public accepts animal use only if it is necessary, scientists attest to how unnecessary and flawed it is as a route to…

On July 11, 2013 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a state dissection choice bill into law! Connecticut makes 16 states plus Washington D.C. that have laws or formal policies allowing students to choose modern alternatives to traditional dissection in school. Thank you to all of our Connecticut supporters who contacted their State Senators and Representatives and helped make this happen! "An Act Concerning Dissection Choice" is a long overdue law giving…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a heavily anticipated decision June 26, 2013 to retire nearly 90% of its chimpanzees. However, NEAVS believes its decision to keep a “reserve” population of up to 50 for “future potential research” is unscientific and unnecessary. “Though we praise NIH’s decision to retire most of its chimpanzees, the decision to keep a reserve population flies in the face of scientific evidence establishing how…

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. In June 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – whether free living in Africa or held in a U.S. lab or other captive situations. Read NEAVS…

NEAVS is very happy to announce the Connecticut Senate passed its dissection choice bill this week, in a 34-1 victory! This bill will "allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom." The bill awaits approval from Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be officially signed into law. UPDATE: This bill was recently signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy! For more information, click here. Read the…

April 20-28 is World Week for Animals in Laboratories, a time to reflect on and share with others the reasons why animal research and testing must end. In honor of WWAIL, please help make a difference for animals in labs. What you can do:  1. Be a Voice for Animals by Educating Others: The first step for change is helping people become aware a problem exists. Because of the outreach…

In the September 6, 2008 Newsweek article, “We Fought Cancer…And Cancer Won”, author Sharon Begley discussed the ongoing scientific battle against cancer.  She noted that although some genetic breakthroughs have occurred since cancer research began in 1971, Begley cites the many other unsuccessful and costly attempts scientists have made to try to better control and eliminate the disease in humans. Her examples help illustrate a crucial reason why our attempts…

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afflicts chimpanzees from laboratories in the same way as it does human trauma survivors, according to a paper published this week in vol. 9(1) of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Building an Inner Sanctuary: Complex PTSD in Chimpanzees demonstrates that psychological suffering crosses species lines. “Chimpanzees who survive a laboratory and humans who survive traumas share a common suffering,” says co-author Theodora Capaldo, EdD,…

Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories today announced a new, dedicated website focused on ending chimpanzee research in the United States. Project R&R is a national campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS). “This site provides the most comprehensive information available on what has happened and continues to happen behind lab doors to these incredibly intelligent and social beings,” says Theodora Capaldo, EdD, President of NEAVS…

BOSTON, MA,  April 5, 2006—One of the nation’s oldest animal protection organizations is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, to kick off Project R&R:  Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Labs, a national campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in research. Austria recently became the latest of several countries to ban the use of great apes in research. The U.S., the last remaining large-scale user of chimpanzees in research in the…