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On Tuesday, April 24th, to mark World Day for Animals in Labs, NEAVS and We Animals released “Empty Laws,” a short film documenting the impact of weak regulatory standards on primates in labs. The two creators behind the film, We Animals filmmaker Kelly Guerin (pictured left) and NEAVS President Emeritus Dr. Theodora Capaldo (pictured right), put a lot of time and passion into the production of this short, yet powerful film.…

NEAVS is calling on the National Institutes of Health not to weaken laws meant to offer minimal protections to animals in labs.  The NIH has released a request for information (RPI) relating to new regulatory changes "to improve coordination of regulations and policies" for animals in labs in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2043(d).  However, some of the considerations provided by the NIH would compromise the welfare of animals in…

Happy April! This month we're shining the Staff Spotlight on Jessica Dickard, Program Associate, who joined the NEAVS team in September 2015! 1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!) I am an only child and grateful to have ridiculously cool parents who continue to encourage me to engage with my adventurous side, stay creative, and follow my heart at all times. 2. Tell us about your passion for animals.  (e.g. When/how…

Dear friend,We’re approaching the end of our 122nd year opposing the use of animals in research and testing, and here at NEAVS we’re reflecting on the work we’ve accomplished this past year, and looking ahead at all the wonderful things we’ll accomplish for animals next year and beyond. Steve Jobs once described the creative freedom he achieved through his success. He said, “the heaviness of being successful was replaced by…

On June 6th, 2017 the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790) was reintroduced by Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 19 bipartisan co-sponsors. As a founding member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), and its Leaping Bunny program, NEAVS is dedicated to ending the needless suffering and death of millions of animals used in cosmetics testing.  Although the HCA was considered in the last two Congressional sessions with bi-partisan support…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 – The New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is calling on the National Institutes of Health not to weaken laws meant to offer minimal protections to animals in labs. Members of the public are asked to go online and tell NIH that animal welfare must not be compromised as part of the agency’s current attempts to decrease its regulatory burden. World Week for Animals in Laboratories is…

We must fight to save them all. That’s the answer...but what’s the question? Nicholas Kristof asked in this recent New York Times article about whether it’s wrong to focus on animal protection when humans are suffering.  “Are we betraying our own species when we write checks to help gorillas (or puppies or wild horses)? Is it wrongheaded to fight for elephants and rhinos (or farm[ed] animals at home) while five million children…

It's April which means it's National Frog Month! When you think of frogs, what comes to mind? For some of us, we envision Spring peepers perched alongside a pond. For others, we associate frogs with formaldehyde, scalpels, and science class.  Did you know many schools across the country offer alternatives to traditional animal dissections? The Ethical Science Education Campaign (ESEC), a program of NEAVS, offers a variety of services to protect a…

As someone professionally, and personally dedicated to ending the use of animals in research and testing, I never would have expected to find myself discussing an area of common ground with professionals in the animal research industry. However, that’s exactly where I found myself during a two-part session on the subject of compassion fatigue at the 2018 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference (IACUC) Conference in Columbus, OH. The conference's…

Congratulations to Caroline Banks—recipient of this year's Ethical Science Education Campaign (ESEC) Award—given to a student project focused on promoting awareness, compassion, and understanding of animals, and how good science can be accomplished without the use of animals. ESEC is a program of NEAVS. The ESEC Award, which includes a financial grant to the recipient’s school to secure alternatives to dissection, was announced on Saturday, March 24th at the Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering,…