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Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur masterfully crafts a narrative for each animal she features with her unique and unrivaled ability to connect with them and their stories of survival. Below is a brief interview she gave with NEAVS staff about what it was like shooting for the collaboration, being around rescued animals, and witnessing NEAVS-supported sanctuary efforts. NEAVS: Your connection with the animals you photograph is obvious. How would you describe this…

For nearly 120 years, NEAVS’ strategic advocacy has delivered consistent victories for animals used in science. Some of these, such as an NIH decision protecting chimpanzees from use in research, we achieved through partnerships with organizations like Fauna Foundation. Now, we’re excited to present another collaboration: an exhilarating photographic journey. Join us as we commemorate some of the animals that have been recently rescued from research and education, while also…

Dear friend,“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others …” –Jonathan Swift That quote by Jonathan Swift strikes a particularly emotional chord for me while working on my president's message for 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…

Update: This petition is now closed.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed a second complaint against the Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT) animal research facility. Filed on Nov. 4, 2014, it calls for a suspension or revocation of SCBT’s dealer license. SCBT has a lengthy history of alleged and actual Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, resulting in needless additional pain for animals already suffering in labs. For years,…

Update (as of June 2017): The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of PETA, holding that "a government agency cannot withhold records on 'public safety' grounds unless the agency can provide specific factual support that releasing the records would jeopardize public safety." Click here to read the article from June 20, 2017 Click here to read the case summary (including court documents) Original blog post (October 2014): This month, PETA sued the Massachusetts…

Update: This petition is now closed.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), now retired, introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act in 2014, a bill to end cosmetics testing on animals. If passed, the U.S. would join the E.U., Israel, Norway, and India where this inhumane and unscientific practice has already been banned. Unfortunately, the bill died when the Congressional session ended. Animal testing is unnecessary and unsafe. Far more accurate human-based cell and tissue…

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…

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,…