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January 04, 2013 Wadman, M. Nature.com. 20 Dec. 2012 Press Release

Air Canada, one of the few major airline companies that still transports primates for research, was given the go-ahead to stop moving macaques and other non-human primates bound for research labs, after a decision today from its regulatory agency, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). The airline applauded the decision and said that, effective December 22, it will require all non-human primate shippers to sign a declaration that the animals are…

January 04, 2013 Groff, K. The-Scientist.com. 3 Jan. 2013 What's New

A recent Oregon State University (OSU) study found that 25 percent of teachers surveyed who used live animals in their classrooms later released them into the wild, sometimes introducing non-native species into local environments. Only a minority of these teachers was aware that the animals they released could cause problems and harm to native species and ecosystems. The study also reported that many suppliers do not think that the environmental…

December 31, 2012 Haaretz. Dec. 31, 2012 Press Release

The law, originally passed in 2010, will go into effect at precisely midnight on New Year's Eve 2012. The sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals will be illegal as of midnight Monday night, under a law passed in 2010. The Health Ministry said it would crack down on importers who violate the law, but did not offer specifics. Read original story here.

President's Message: We are just coming out of the full impact of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, with the exception of more than usual scattered leaves and fallen branches, in Boston we are safe. The staff reported their animal friends stuck by their sides throughout the howling wind, pelting rain, and terrifying noises of this major storm. Even my fiercely independent Kibou did not leave my side once. Nature’s power is asserted…and it was both magnificent and humbling. I am amazed by footage of those visiting the nearby shores just…

The world will soon be much brighter for approximately 113 chimpanzees now held in Lafayette, Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its two-part plan Dec. 18, 2012 to retire them all to the comfort and safety of Chimp Haven, our federal sanctuary. The decision is a major revision to the NIH’s original plan to send only 10 to Chimp Haven and retire…

President's Message: In 1953, Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly wrote, “We have met the enemy, and he is us”—aptly summarizing our human condition, as that socio-political satire did. Now it’s our turn at revision. “We have met the enemy, and he isn’t anything like us!” It’s clear, I believe, what separates those who work on behalf of animals from those who don’t. The difference lies in what is called emotional intelligence…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nate Leskovic nleskovic@neavs.org / 617-523-6020 tcapaldo@neavs.org / 978-352-8175 Chimpanzee autopsy study reinforces urgent need for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to define and implement retirement criteria to get chimpanzees to sanctuary Oct. 22, 2012 – Boston, Mass. – A Review of Autopsy Reports on Chimpanzees in or from U.S. Laboratories, in press for the October 2012 journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA), Volume 40, Issue 5, compiles data from 110…

President's Message: According to the World Bank Group, “Corruption prevails where there is ample opportunity for corruption at little cost. Incentive structures encourage corrupt behavior.” When you allow bad behavior to be rewarded, you get more bad behavior. While some of us have the moral fortitude that impels honesty, fairness and kindness, others use every opportunity to satisfy their greed. It is no exaggeration that many lab directors operate from…

NEAVS is happy to announce we will offer five $400 scholarships to attend the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance's inaugural training workshop Nov. 13-14, 2012, in Tampa, FL. The scholarships include registration fee and assistance with transportation and/or accommodations. Interested applicants should: Be currently working with primates rescued from research. Have a career commitment to animal care as evidenced by a minimum five years experience. Support NEAVS' mission to end all animal…

Dear Supporter,  As a resident of Louisiana, it is urgent you contact your legislators today (phone numbers below or email), and ask them to immediately intervene and ask NIH to reverse its decision to move 100 federally owned chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. Please tell your legislators you are opposed to the NIH plan because:…