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Last summer, we at NEAVS asked our supporters to submit comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) pleading for the expedited rehoming of former research chimpanzees to sanctuary, something NIH had promised years earlier but had yet to complete. Now we have good news to share! NIH has announced the development and implementation of a strategy to move their remaining former research chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, away from their…

Before those bottles of shampoo and conditioner made it to your bathtub, and before your lip balm made it to the bottom of your bag, there’s a chance those products’ ingredients were tested on animals. It’s not a small problem: roughly 400,000 animals suffer and are killed in these unnecessary tests every year. Methods of animal research in the cosmetics industry commonly include: Eye irritant tests wherein substances are dropped…

Cosmos magazine recently published a searing indictment of mouse tests as a predictor of what will happen with drugs on humans. You’ve heard from NEAVS before that 95% of drugs tested in patients fail to reach the market, despite “promising” results in animal tests. This startling failure rate speaks to the waste in animal lives and research dollars going into animal tests. As Thomas Hartung, a toxicologist at Johns Hopkins…

In the recent Science article highlighting NEAVS’ analysis of the record number of primates being used in U.S. for testing, we were treated to a fabulously false dichotomy by Cindy Buckmaster, Board Chair of an astroturfing industry group that advocates for increased use of animal testing. “The public wants more cures, but fewer animals. They can’t have it both ways,” she said... This is simply false. We can and should expect…

After we crunched the numbers to discover that the use of primates for medical experiments has reached an all time-high, Science Magazine did a great feature on this problem, which hits newsstands in print form next week. After all, 70% of Americans oppose trapping non-human primates in medical experiments - a record high as of 2018. This finding contradicts what NIH has been assurring Congress NIH knows full well that…

If you’re in the Washington, D.C. media market and you love animals, you’ve surely heard of Dr. Katy Nelson and her show “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy.” Dr. Katy’s the host and executive producer, and is also a highly sought-after veterinarian practicing out of Alexandria, VA. Dr. Katy was kind enough to invite NEAVS on her show to discuss NEAVS’s offer to adopt the cats USDA would otherwise kill…

The question “what methods can be used instead of animals?” is a great one, and there’s no one simple answer.That said, the list of possibilities continues to grow.  Below is just a sampling of some leading alternatives, and it comes to us from a report written by a UK-based group named Focus on Alternatives:      Gene-hunting tools to pinpoint and understand, in human populations, the importance of different genes…

Over 70,000 non-human primates are right now being caged in isolation and having some kind of medical testing done on them. Usually this is painful and ends in euthanasia. And 65% of the time, these primates are Rhesus Macaques. Even though our (human) genome and theirs diverged 25 million years ago, our DNA is 93% similar to that of rhesus macaques. As such, it’s no surprise that they’ve repeatedly demonstrated…

As of 2018, these two numbers are at a record high:1. The number of Americans that oppose animal testing 2. The number of primates suffering in these tests in the U.S.Yes, the number of primates suffering in testing is now at a record high. This chart is using USDA’s own data for the number of primates that are being used in medical tests (also known as Categories C, D, and…

Last week we told you that somewhere between 25 and 100 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories after suffering through cruel and unnecessary experiments. But why did we give you such a huge range? Why couldn’t we give you a more precise figure? It’s because 95% of the animals used in research and testing are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act and the government is not required to…