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On Monday, September 14th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) uplisting that gives the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living relatives in Africa went into effect! The decision reversed a decades-long policy that contributed to the inhumane and wasteful use of chimpanzees in biomedical research for humans. Their new FWS endangered status affords chimpanzees further protections, such as restrictions on their use in…

President's Message: Extending Empathy for Animals 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…

May 28, 2015 Gorman, J. The New York Times. May 28, 2015

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a colony of chimpanzees in Liberia for biomedical research, which ended 10 years ago, the New York Blood Center has now withdrawn all funding for them, prompting animal welfare groups to urge the center to reconsider its decision.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

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…

USDA seeks comment on Rulemaking Petition submitted by NEAVS and co-petitioners promoting the psychological well-being of all species of primates in labs that is consistent with NIH standards for chimpanzees held for research. Contact: Theodora Capaldo tcapaldo@neavs.org 617-413-0611 / 978-352-8175 Megan Backus mbackus@aldf.org 707-795-2533 x1010                                         May 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)…

As a national leader in efforts to end the suffering and unnecessary deaths of animals in cosmetics and product testing, NEAVS has been invited back to present at the Cosmetic Compliance Summit in Edison, NJ, this April 27-29. Our focus is our innovative, first-of-its kind initiative: Animal Research is Hazardous Waste. Join NEAVS President and featured participant, Theodora Capaldo, EdD, at the conference, which looks to be even more informative than last year’s inaugural event. Now is…

On March 9, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack released the first phase of a review of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s treatment of animals. This comes in response to January’s New York Times investigative article highlighting the appalling activities taking place at the USDA's research facility in Clay Center, Nebraska, and contains initial findings and recommendations. Download the report here. Although we do not oppose the recommendations, we see…

March 11, 2015 Good, K. One Green Planet. March 11, 2015

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…

February 16, 2015 Leamanczyk, L. WBZ-TV. Feb. 16, 2015

The piece below is in response to WBZ-TV's article "Dogs Used For Medical Research May Never Go Outside." Read original article here or below. Although the I-Team attempted to shed light on a deeply concerning issue to the American public – the use of dogs in research and testing – the pro and con remarks continued the same outdated rhetoric. The piece overlooked the advanced and humane alternatives available to modern science, and…

In continuing our dedication to a future generation of compassionate scientists who refuse to use animals in research, NEAVS is again offering two registration grants for the Second International Conference of Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, May 8-9 in Lisbon, Portugal. The $500 grants, which are available to doctoral and post-doc students from any country pursuing a career in the field of alternatives to animal experimentation, will cover the conference fee. The remaining amount will go toward…