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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…

August 01, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD Blog Post

The following is in response to John VandeBerg's Aug. 1 New York Times op-ed, "Apes Need Vaccines, Too." VandeBerg (“Apes Need Vaccines, Too,” Aug. 2, 2013) acknowledges chimpanzee research is an “enterprise” – which according to Merriam-Webster is an “undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky” as well as “a unit of economic activity.” “As the chief scientific officer at a research institute that has 90 chimps supported by…

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…