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President's Message: When you love something, you never say goodbye. My love of animals and nature defines me. My commitment to protecting them demands my warrior spirit. Every second of every day, my soul is nourished by them and weeps for their suffering. For me, this is how it has always been and always will be. At nine years old, I met the horrors of vivisection. My classroom reading table…

President's Message:  Hope—that state of mind, that heart’s longing—that place from which we persevere in pursuit of dreams. It’s delicate, easily shattered by frustrations and failures. But as long as hope is not lost, we prevail. NEAVS’ hope to end cruel animal use in science is fueled by: the public’s growing support as it better understands what’s wrong with animal use, and the scientific advancements on laboratory benches waiting for…

President's Message: In this season of light, of giving and celebrating, I like to stop to count my blessings. It is so easy to lose sight of what has been accomplished in the midst of knowing just how much remains to be done. Yet, when building anything, we move our progress on the firm stones already set, the timbers secured. So, in this issue, I asked our staff to focus…

President's Message: People ask, “How do you do it? How do you face the realities of animal research given the steep hills in the battles to end it?” Quite a question, especially because of the urgency that comes with animal suffering. What makes NEAVS’ work so difficult? Well, for one, the seeming impossibility to bring rightful legal action on behalf of the animals we serve. In this issue you’ll learn…

President's Message: NEAVS has been working to prevent the export of eight chimpanzees from Emory Yerkes Research Center to Wingham Wildlife Park in the U.K. The export would weaken Endangered Species Act protections, would open doors for other labs to ship chimpanzees worldwide, and is just plain wrong because every chimpanzee exploited in research deserves nothing less than retirement in U.S. sanctuary. Our work for chimpanzees began with the rescue of little Arthur and Phoenix, sold…

President's Message: We are forged by fate, genes, environment, culture, and, importantly, personal choice. Along with our nature-nurture givens, we make decisions that make us who we are. Because people care, they have made choices that led to laws and practices that have eliminated animal suffering and death at the hands of humans. For example, many countries have already banned the use of animals in cosmetics testing.  Cosmetics are the colors and scents we use to adorn ourselves. Beauty, hygiene, and health are among the reasons people…

President's Message: Many believe the human journey is about extending our empathy to broader circles. Yet in today’s world, those who work to protect our streams and forests are derogatorily dubbed “tree huggers.” Those who work for social and political equality for women may be afraid to use the word “feminist.” How have we arrived at a place where there are still some who wish to punish us for understanding the common ground everything shares? A while ago, we introduced you to our Common Ground campaign –…

President's Message: “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others …” –Jonathan Swift This quote by Jonathan Swift strikes a particularly emotional chord for me while working on this newsletter. Its message speaks to me on many levels – the black void of a cage, animals hidden from view in labs, the bright flash at the click of a camera taken in the darkness, and the spark of excitement during the first steps of freedom in sanctuary.  All…

President's Message: Nowadays everything seems fleeting. Your cell phone, favorite restaurant, are one day passé. While communicating through Facebook or instant messages lacks true touch! And so perhaps more than ever some of us are hungry for that which endures – beyond fad, fashion, or technological advance. Nowhere does this matter more than in relationships. I cannot tell you what pride it brings to know that in addition to new…

President's Message: Howard Hawks’ 1952 film Monkey Business centers on absentminded Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant) developing an elixir of youth. A chimpanzee in the lab, Esther, lets herself out and mixes, as she saw Fulton do, a beaker full of chemicals. After she pours it into the office water cooler, various humans return to their sought-after youth. (The older Fulton even manages a romp with young secretary Marilyn Monroe!) If this 61-year-old film was made today Esther would be replaced by a monkey,…