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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…

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…

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…

The following is in response to the New York Times article, "Health Researchers Will Get $10.1 Million to Counter Gender Bias in Studies." Read article below. While well intended, the plan falls short in correcting the problem resulting from using only male animals. Even with added data from both sexes of animals, there is no indication the new data will be any more applicable to humans. Human men and women…

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.…

January 30, 2014 Associated Press. Jan. 30, 2014

Drugmaker Merck & Co. is joining two dozen other pharmaceutical companies and contract laboratories in committing to not use chimpanzees for research. The growing trend could mean roughly 1,000 chimps in the U.S. used for research or warehoused for many years in laboratory cages could be "retired" to sanctuaries by around 2020. That's according to Kathleen Conlee of the Humane Society of the United States, which seven years ago began…

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…

November 14, 2013 McConnaughey, J. Associated Press. Nov. 14, 2013

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that would lift a $30 million federal spending limit for the national federal research chimpanzee sanctuary in northwest Louisiana. The bill’s final passage came when the Senate accepted House amendments to an unrelated health bill on Thursday. One amendment would let the U.S. health secretary override the cap if that would cut money spent to house all chimpanzees owned by the National…

November 13, 2013 McConnaughey, J. Associated Press. Nov. 13, 2013

Congress may lift the federal spending limit for the national sanctuary for federal research chimpanzees sanctuary in northwest Louisiana. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has added a proposal to lift the current $30 million cap on spending at Chimp Haven to an unrelated Senate health bill. It returns to the Senate, which earlier passed a similar stand-alone measure. The measure would let the U.S. health secretary override…

November 13, 2013 Baldwin, C. and Jourdan, A. Reuters. Nov. 13, 2013

China is considering a rule change that would allow the sale of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals, opening up a potential route into the Chinese market for international firms opposed to the practice. Under the potential changes, "non-specialised cosmetics" manufactured in China -- such as shampoos, soaps, nail products and some skin products -- could be sold from June 2014 without undergoing animal testing, according…