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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…

Update (as of June 2017): The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of PETA, holding that "a government agency cannot withhold records on 'public safety' grounds unless the agency can provide specific factual support that releasing the records would jeopardize public safety." Click here to read the article from June 20, 2017 Click here to read the case summary (including court documents)  Original blog post (October 2014): This month, PETA sued the…

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…

In 1931, a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy designated Oct. 4, as “World Animal Day” to bring attention to endangered animals. The tradition is an opportunity to consider our relationship with the rest of the animals we share the earth with. The plight of animals used in science is often overlooked, as they are usually hidden from public view. Help NEAVS ensure we recognize the invisible animals on this…

UPDATE: The application period is now closed. Please continue to check back to learn about the next round of funding. NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR), continue our legacy of supporting scientists committed to non-animal research with the 2015-16 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. Applications are now being accepted. The annual $40,000 postdoctoral award goes…

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,…

  NEAVS' Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories is happy to welcome 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) to their forever home at Chimp Haven sanctuary! In December 2012 NIH agreed to retire them, and about one year ago NIH announced it would retire nearly 90% of all federally owned chimpanzees. NEAVS/Project R&R has been closely involved in the fate of the NIRC…

If you shop on Amazon.com and use this link, you will be raising needed funds for NEAVS’ mission to end the use of animals in labs and education. With AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase price goes to NEAVS. And if you shop now through Sunday, June 15, AmazonSmile will donate an extra $5! This is a simple way you can help all those suffering for status quo science, when existing…

On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., NEAVS is honored to present the Boston premiere of the new animal documentary, The Ghosts In Our Machine at Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Mass. This is a one-night-only event, and we encourage reserving your tickets before they’re gone! The award-winning animal documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine is a compassionate and hopeful film making waves in both the animal community and general…

NEAVS is happy to announce that last week the New Hampshire Board of Education approved a policy (endorsed by NEAVS) supporting the right of all K-12 students to choose alternatives to traditional animal dissection without being penalized. New Hampshire was the only state left in New England to make this compassionate change and the new policy makes New England 100% Dissection Choice – our goal! NEAVS has worked diligently with…

To receive our monthly eNews by email, sign up here. In This Issue ... More NEAVS funding for Sanctuary and Rescue Leaping Bunny Update World Bans on Animal Tests ... and more We Can’t Forget the Rest of the Chimps Twin brothers Hunter and Lyons, companions for 21 years owned by and held at Yerkes research center, were separated in 2006. Lyons, in acute kidney failure, was retired and transferred to Chimp Haven.…

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…

After years of planning, the Nonhuman Rights Project this week filled three landmark lawsuits in New York aimed at releasing four chimpanzees from captivity. The suits are the first actions in a broader strategy dedicated to granting nonhuman animals their own legal rights. Chimpanzees were selected for the first lawsuits as they are beyond doubt socially and cognitively complex, as well as the closest relative of humans. Dolphins, whales, and…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently retired nearly 90% of federally owned chimpanzees in laboratories. However, until last week there were numerous questions surrounding how their retirement would be paid for. With a $100,000 grant to federal sanctuary Chimp Haven, NEAVS was the first to step up and help. Our seed money went to support the first chimpanzees the NIH retired last fall from Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center…

November 22, 2013 Capaldo, T. NEAVS. Nov. 22, 2013

The following was originally published on One Green Planet as "No, Bear Bile Cannot Prevent Type 1 Diabetes" Research showing a chemical found in the bile of bears can slow the development of type 1 diabetes in mice recently drew headlines in numerous outlets. Putting aside well-documented evidence showing how non-predictive research data from mice is when applied to humans (e.g., a collaborative study by academics, government, and private companies showing…

October 22, 2013 Capaldo, T. Our Hen House. Oct. 22, 2013

The following is from a guest post on the Our Hen House website. Our Hen House aims to "effectively mainstream the movement to end the exploitation of animals" by providing resources such as video, audio, interviews, reviews, and the written word to create change for animals. Read the original piece here and listen to Dr. Capaldo's interview on their podcast here (read the transcript). Fighting Science with Science: The End of Vivisection…

The Lush Prize for outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing has named the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) to its short list for its 2013 awards. All nominated projects have contributed to advancing animal-free testing through research, training, lobbying, or public awareness. NEAVS was nominated in the public awareness category for our Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories campaign, which advocates for chimpanzees to be the…

BOSTON, MA, Sept. 5, 2013—The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), Boston, and its affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR), New York, continue their legacy of supporting scientists committed to non-animal research with the launch of their Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. The $40,000 postdoctoral annual award will go to a woman working to develop, use, or validate non-animal alternatives…

President's Message: "A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more." – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School Since you never leave true loves, NEAVS continues to work for chimpanzees. Even with all our successes, there is still much to be done. Watch for our next steps. Meanwhile, I have news. News that one of…

UPDATE: The application period for the 2014 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences is closed. Please check back or contact us for information about 2015 funding. NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR)*, proudly announce our latest joint effort, the Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. This $40,000 postdoctoral award continues…