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On May 24, 2016, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) and its coalition, represented by Katherine Meyer, Esq., appeared before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The hearing was for a preliminary injunction to block the export of eight chimpanzees from Yerkes Research Center at Emory University to Wingham Wildlife Park, UK. The export was blocked, pending full review by Judge Jackson. NEAVS’ argued against the export permit saying exporting the chimps:…

NEAVS hosted a webinar on Thursday, 5/12/2016 at 12:00 p.m. EDT where Theodora Capaldo, CEO of NEAVS talked with special guest Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, about ending the use of animals in cosmetics testing around the world. Michelle and Dr. Capaldo reviewed the global state of the cruelty-free cosmetics campaign and the major role Cruelty Free International played in the effort to ban cosmetics testing in the European…

UPDATE 2/23/2016: - THE COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Even with the recent retraction by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) of Yerkes' export permit due to opposition from the public (LIKE YOU!) as well as expert conservation and legal opinion around the world, Yerkes Primate Research Center continues efforts to ship Lucas, Fritz, Abby, Agatha, Tara, Faye, Elvira and Georgia, the "Yerkes 8" to…

May 28, 2015 Gorman, J. The New York Times. May 28, 2015 What's New

After about 30 years of using a colony of chimpanzees in Liberia for biomedical research, which ended 10 years ago, the New York Blood Center has now withdrawn all funding for them, prompting animal welfare groups to urge the center to reconsider its decision. For now, the Humane Society of the United States is supporting the chimps, which are owned by the government of Liberia, and is starting a campaign to raise funds for…

May 15, 2015 Gorman, J. The New York Times. May 15, 2015 What's New

Animal welfare activists have scored several victories in recent years in their efforts to mandate better treatment of chimpanzees. Now they are asking a federal agency to make similar changes to the housing and treatment of monkeys. Chimpanzees are the closest relatives of human beings, and a dwindling need for them in research, along with increasing recognition of their social and physical needs, led to a decision by the National Institutes…

March 11, 2015 Good, K. One Green Planet. March 11, 2015 What's New

Slowly but surely, the cruel practice of using animals for cosmetic testing is fading into obscurity. Countries across the globe are stepping up on behalf of the billions of animals suffering in labs for the sake of cosmetic testing by enacting all-out bans on the practice. In recent months, we’ve seen India do away with cosmetic testing on animals and many others introduce legislation that will lead to bans. Now, we have received news…

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,…

President's Message: For the Northern Hemisphere, this year’s autumnal equinox came Sept. 22. The harvest moon rose the 19th, followed by a procession of moonlit nights. Harvest, when we reap what we sow, begins introspective time. We review our labors, the elements that enriched or hampered growth. NEAVS’ cycle is not unlike Nature’s who rewards thoughtful preparation, the right environment, and hard work. Born of those three elements, I hope you share our enthusiasm for our new campaigns launched this fall. “Common Ground” blends three social issues…