Avenues of Advocacy: An Overview

One of the most difficult and demanding areas of animal protection is ending the brutality of animal experiments and testing, and replacing them with humane and scientifically superior non-animal alternatives. While our successes are real, the lobbying interests for institutions and their financial gains, as well as the rigidity of the status quo, make this progress often painstakingly slow.

NEAVS is actively at work in several key areas that with your help will end the use of animals in research, testing, and science education. Here are some examples of what we do:

Legislation/policy change

  • We advocate for the Humane Cosmetics Act. This act is designed to end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.
  • We petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) through our Mandatory Alternatives Petition that argues validated non-animal alternatives, whenever they exist, must be used in place of animal testing
  • We also petition the USDA for better standards to promote the psychological well-being of primates in labs

Scientific research

  • We author and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals on the scientific case against chimpanzee research, as well as evidence of the long-term trauma suffered by chimpanzees from labs
  • We systemically review published research and reporting of scientific data that supports an end to animal research based on its irrelevance, lack of predictive outcome, or necessity for human health

Public outreach

  • We promote the Leaping Bunny Program. This cruelty-free shopping initiative ensures pledged companies are 100% free of animal testing at every stage of development – from ingredients to final product (Fun fact: NEAVS is a founding member of this coalition!)

Education and medical training

  • We work to end the harmful use of animals at all levels of science education. We have an educational program called the Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC). This program: 
    • provides alternatives to animal dissection to students and teachers
    • submits testimony in support of dissection choice bills
    • awards students for humane science fair projects
  • We campaign against the lethal use of animals in veterinary and medical training and supporting international conferences on the use of non-animal educational alternatives
  • We offer a one-year, postdoctoral fellowship grant to a woman committed to developing, validating, or using alternatives to animal methods in the investigation of women's health or sex differences

Rescue and sanctuary

  • We secure and/or support animal rescues and lifelong sanctuary care for the fortunate animals who make it out of research alive