News & Alerts

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,…

Springtime is here which means tabling season has begun for NEAVS! Come visit us at New England VegFest on Sunday, April 29th in Worcester, MA! This free event is from 12PM-5PM and held at the DCU Center. Get ready for lots of fun (and food) because this vegetarian food festival features 100+ exhibitors, cooking demos, guest speakers, and kid's activities.  We would love to see you at our table! Come…

In January 2018, Wingham Wildlife Park (Wingham), an unaccredited zoo in Kent, England, announced the birth of a baby chimpanzee born to former Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Yerkes) chimpanzees. In the fall of 2016, seven Yerkes chimpanzees were sent to Wingham, despite worldwide opposition. Wingham had repeatedly stated it had no intention of permitting them to reproduce. Now another chimpanzee faces a lifetime of captivity behind bars. Accredited U.S.…

I finally watched The Shape of Water last night and I’m torn about its messaging about animal rights and anti-vivisection. (Fun fact: One of the film’s characters even uses the term "vivisection.") For those of you who haven’t seen it, The Shape of Water's plot involves a sentient being who happens to be a sea creature. This creature has been captured by the U.S. government during the space race of the 1960s and…

My interest in science began in Nepal where I was born, raised, and educated. From my school days I liked science because it had practical classes. When I went to college, I chose Biology as my major. During human physiology classes, I noticed human bodies function through various biochemical reactions—it was these wonderful reactions which deepened my interest in chemistry. At this stage, I realized I wanted to be a…

In case you missed the news and our corresponding Action Alert, NEAVS is gravely concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) because it is considering new inspection standards to USDA-licensed facilities—including research laboratories. These possible changes come under the guise of decreased regulations—but at the cost of the thousands of animals held captive in labs.  As an animal advocacy organization, NEAVS strongly opposes changes that redirect inspections of USDA-licensed facilities to…

Update: The comment period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a public comment on the Federal Register.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new inspection standards to USDA-licensed facilities—including research laboratories. These possible changes come under the guise of decreased regulations—but at the cost of the thousands of animals held captive in labs.  As an animal advocacy organization, NEAVS strongly opposes changes that redirect inspections of USDA-licensed…

At the beginning of this calendar year, NEAVS welcomed a new Development Director to our team: Ed Butler! One month in, it's safe to say we are glad to have him here! Now, onto the questions where you can learn about him too: 1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!) From an early age, an appreciation for learning was instilled in me. This led me to pursue a…

February is Rescued Rabbit Month! Join NEAVS in celebrating these wonderful animals! Not only are they adorable in appearance, but they are well-known for their gentle dispositions.  Sadly, they are also commonly used in research and testing. As an example, despite the availability of alternatives, rabbits still suffer in the infamous Draize test. This method involves chemicals being dropped in their eyes while they are still conscious which causes painful…