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August 01, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD What's New

The following is in response to John VandeBerg's Aug. 1 New York Times op-ed, "Apes Need Vaccines, Too." VandeBerg (“Apes Need Vaccines, Too,” Aug. 2, 2013) acknowledges chimpanzee research is an “enterprise” – which according to Merriam-Webster is an “undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky” as well as “a unit of economic activity.” “As the chief scientific officer at a research institute that has 90 chimps supported by…

July 29, 2013 Capaldo, T. The Boston Globe. July 29, 2013 Blog Post

NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD's Boston Globe letter to the editor: Nathaniel P. Morris shared his ambivalent feelings about animal research in his July 25th, 2013 op-ed. There are more like him who want to end animal use and replace it with more effective, humane science. While the public accepts animal use only if it is necessary, scientists attest to how unnecessary and flawed it is as a route to…

UPDATE: This deadline has passed.  Despite violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), animal research facilities continue to operate business as usual. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, must take stronger action against violators. Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a registered research facility and licensed dealer with multiple serious violations that have resulted in animal suffering and death. When questioned by USDA inspectors, the facility has…

Update: This petition is now closed. Despite violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), animal research facilities continue to operate business as usual. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, must take stronger action against violators. Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a registered research facility and licensed dealer with multiple serious violations that have resulted in animal suffering and death. When questioned by USDA inspectors, the facility has even denied having hundreds of goats…

On July 11, 2013 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a state dissection choice bill into law! Connecticut makes 16 states plus Washington D.C. that have laws or formal policies allowing students to choose modern alternatives to traditional dissection in school. Thank you to all of our Connecticut supporters who contacted their State Senators and Representatives and helped make this happen! "An Act Concerning Dissection Choice" is a long overdue law giving…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a heavily anticipated decision June 26, 2013 to retire nearly 90% of its chimpanzees. However, NEAVS believes its decision to keep a “reserve” population of up to 50 for “future potential research” is unscientific and unnecessary. “Though we praise NIH’s decision to retire most of its chimpanzees, the decision to keep a reserve population flies in the face of scientific evidence establishing how…

President's Message: A focus of our Summer UPDATE is the recognition of the right of all animals to move freely, look up at open skies, and live as nature intended. As we go to press, we await the decision of whether NIH will accept the recommendations of its appointed council – including recommendations that chimpanzees live with fresh air, natural surroundings, space to climb and move, and in a world as meaningful as captivity can provide.  You and I cherish our…

UPDATE: The comment period is closed. In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more. In response to a rulemaking petition submitted by NEAVS, HSUS, and other organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a proposed rule that would increase protections for chimpanzees under the…

UPDATE: In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more. In June 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – whether free living in Africa or held in a U.S. lab or other captive situations. Read NEAVS…

NEAVS is very happy to announce the Connecticut Senate passed its dissection choice bill this week, in a 34-1 victory! This bill will "allow students to be excused from participating in or observing animal dissections in the classroom." The bill awaits approval from Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be officially signed into law. UPDATE: This bill was recently signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy! For more information, click here. Read the…