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May 30, 2013 Barclay, R. Healthline. May 30, 2013 Press Release

A team at Newcastle University in the UK has developed a new testing technique that uses human tissue to measure drug reactions. A new medical technology uses human tissue samples to predict how skin will react to drugs, makeup, and chemicals. The testing technique, called Skimune, involves taking blood and skin tissue samples from human donors and culturing, or growing, them in the lab. The substance being tested is mixed…

May 30, 2013 Bailey, J. European Pharmaceutical Contractor (EPC). June 2013 Press Release

NEAVS Science Advisor Jarrod Bailey, PhD argues that an adherence to animal testing methods (ATMs) in drug development and testing is not scientifically justifiable. The burgeoning field of non-ATMs is better placed to achieve this, and an urgent move towards their greater adoption by industry is both warranted and imperative. To read a digital version of European Pharmaceutical Contractor's June 2013 issue, click here. Non-ATMs spare significant numbers of animals…

May 21, 2013 Jacobs, A. The New York Times. 21 May 2013 Press Release

CHENGDU, China — It was, at first glance, a rather modest initial public offering by a small Chinese company seeking to expand production of the key ingredient used in traditional remedies said to shrink gallstones, reduce fevers and sooth the aftereffects of excessive drinking. But Guizhentang Pharmaceutical, the country’s largest producer of bear bile extract, apparently overlooked one important factor before submitting its application to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange: China’s…

Update: This petition is now closed.  This bill was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy!  HB 6329: "An Act Concerning Dissection Choice" passed a House vote and is now on the Senate calendar! Thank you Connecticut supporters for contacting your legislators to give students the right to learn through superior dissection alternatives. Please take the time to now contact your state senator and ask them to support the bill. Once the…

Read the published New York Times letter here. Read the original, extended letter here. Closing of Primate Center Published: April 29, 2013 To the Editor: News that Harvard Medical School is closing its New England Primate Research Center is welcome (news article, April 25). Since the center’s 1966 dedication, science has advanced in leaps, except for resistance to relinquishing the ineffective animal model for human research. It’s no shock that now,…

The Ghosts In Our Machine, a film by Liz Marshall,  premiered in May 2013 at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. To see when it screens near you, visit theghostsinourmachine.com.   From theghostsinourmachine.com: (Toronto – March 19, 2013) With dramatic impact, Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine gently reveals a stark reality that is hidden from our view. Through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer…

April 20-28 is World Week for Animals in Laboratories, a time to reflect on and share with others the reasons why animal research and testing must end. In honor of WWAIL, please help make a difference for animals in labs. What you can do:  1. Be a Voice for Animals by Educating Others: The first step for change is helping people become aware a problem exists. Because of the outreach…

Did you know that helping animals in labs also helps the environment? In addition to the suffering and bad science resulting from animal use, NEAVS asks you give thought to the tons of dead bodies disposed every year by biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. Labeled “biological waste,” let’s never forget they were all once living, thinking, and feeling animals whose short lives were cruelly sacrificed to ineffective science and indefensible ethics.…

April 16, 2013 The Boston Marathon – where participants for 117 years have celebrated the human body and spirit – is an institution as old as us, NEAVS, one of the first animal protection organizations in the world now just coming out of our 117th year. Yesterday as the flags of nations from every corner of the globe flew at the finish line, we saw again the destructiveness of those…

Update: This petition is now closed.  Primates Suffer in Cargo TransportAirlines transport primates packed into small wooden crates to research facilities worldwide, including to the U.S. Some die in transport because of the deplorable conditions of being shipped as cargo. Others endure and survive only to reach a cruel fate in research.  More and more transportation and airline companies are ending the practice of shipping primates destined for laboratories, and…