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February 08, 2015 Williamson, D. Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Feb. 8, 2015

While NEAVS has worked to make New England a 100% Dissection Choice zone in public schools, we are keeping an eye on private and charter school policies. If your private or charter school does not offer you the choice of alternatives to specimen dissection, call us at 617-523-6020 or email info@neavs.org for information on what you can do. When I first heard of the petition to stop a local school…

February 07, 2015 Bonifield, J & Cohen, E. CNN. Feb. 7, 2015

Despite a promise more than a year and half ago by the National Institutes of Health to retire the vast majority of government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries, hundreds of chimps are still being held for potential medical experimentation, many of them aging and intentionally infected with HIV or hepatitis. In June 2013, the agency's top officials pledged with great fanfare to eventually retire the chimps to habitats where they could…

January 06, 2015 Engebretson, M. The Huffington Post. Jan. 6, 2015

The opportunity for the United States to take a lead in ushering in a new modern era of cosmetics safety testing by ending tests on animals is fading fast. Other countries around the world continue to surpass the United States by enacting laws and policies that prohibit animal testing for cosmetics. The latest country to beat the United States on this issue might be South Korea. Following two years of detailed…

December 11, 2014 Engebretson, M. Huffington Post. Dec. 10, 2014

It's hard to imagine any compassionate-minded person would spray window cleaner into the eyes of a rabbit or force rats to eat dish soap until it made them ill. It's equally hard to imagine that anyone would pay someone else to do these things for them. However, thousands of people effectively condone such acts each time they purchase household cleaning products that were tested on animals. When the gory details…

Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur masterfully crafts a narrative for each animal she features with her unique and unrivaled ability to connect with them and their stories of survival. Below is a brief interview she gave with NEAVS staff about what it was like shooting for the collaboration, being around rescued animals, and witnessing NEAVS-supported sanctuary efforts. NEAVS: Your connection with the animals you photograph is obvious. How would you describe this…

For nearly 120 years, NEAVS’ strategic advocacy has delivered consistent victories for animals used in science. Some of these, such as an NIH decision protecting chimpanzees from use in research, we achieved through partnerships with organizations like Fauna Foundation. Now, we’re excited to present another collaboration: an exhilarating photographic journey. Join us as we commemorate some of the animals that have been recently rescued from research and education, while also…

President's Message: “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others …” –Jonathan Swift This quote 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 of…

This month, PETA sued the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) for failure to provide public records of 141 monkeys imported to Massachusetts in 2013. Such information is vital to ensure transport and animal welfare regulations are met. The Daily Free Press – an independent student newspaper at Boston University – reached out to NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD, for expert comment (read original article here): “Monkeys have been used…

October 08, 2014 McKinley, J. The New York Times. Oct. 8, 2014

In a case closely watched by animal rights activists, legal curiosity seekers and unknown numbers of circus owners, a state appellate court heard arguments here on Wednesday about whether a chimpanzee can be considered a “legal person,” and — with human aid — sue for his freedom. The action was brought on behalf of Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp with no job, no criminal record and an allegedly grimy living situation…

President's Message: The Choice of Loyalty 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…