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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…

We are gravely concerned. 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 facilities to private organizations, allowing for dangerous self-policing of research labs at the detriment of…

At the beginning of this calendar year, NEAVS welcomed a new Director of Development to our team: Ed Butler! One month in, it's safe to say we are so 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…

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…

News broke yesterday that a baby girl has been born to Tara and Fritz, two of the ‘Yerkes 7’ chimpanzees formerly held at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, who were transferred and are now living out the remainder of their lives on exhibition at Wingham Wildlife Park, a roadside zoo in Kent, England.  NEAVS’ call to action to block the permit for this transfer when it first appeared was joined…

Last Friday, I had the honor of presenting at a workshop, "Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law in the United States," organized by the following three groups: -The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research -The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School -The Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School Throughout the day, we discussed the ethical and legal implications of new technology on laws, regulations, and…

Happy New Year! Last September (Fall 2017)  NEAVS welcomed Nathan Herschler as our new Executive Director. Nathan has now been at NEAVS for six months and we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to start our “Staff Spotlight” series with his story.  In lieu of 20 questions, we kept it short and simple. Want to know the five prompts we sent and how he responded? Read on! 1. Tell us a…

Hoth-y holidays everyone!  On Thursday, December 14th, I was fortunate enough to get tickets to the early showing of The Last Jedi at a local movie theater in Boston. As I sat there taking in each scene, I found myself smiling. Why? As an animal advocate I noticed several things that, in my opinion, called attention to some serious issues affecting animals in our very own galaxy.  **To those of who you haven't watched Star…

Dear Friend, Shima desperately needed a hero. Thanks to help from our NEAVS supporters, this gentle moon bear, a former captive at a bile farm in Vietnam, received help from an army of compassionate heroes. No longer does Shima spend her days languishing inside a coffin-like “crush cage,” with a crude catheter painfully penetrating her gallbladder to extract her bile. Instead, she lives at a sanctuary, spends her days playing…

First of all, thank you. Yes, YOU! Our #GivingTuesday goal for 2017 was $1895 in honor of the year NEAVS was founded. It is with gratitude and joy that we share the final results with you: over $3300 was raised for animals in labs!  Furthermore, we'd like to take this opportunity to formally thank: Brooklyn Bunny. Special thanks to this Leaping Bunny company for donating an adorable knit hat and…