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Ever since 2000, December 14th has been “Monkey Day” in the U.S., and in many countries around the world. Non-human primates are our closest living biological relatives—and it's time to celebrate them! To mark this day, we're sharing some great news: Our recent analysis of USDA data reveals that five U.S.-based institutions have achieved the greatest reductions in experiments that inflict intentional pain and no pain relief on non-human primates…

Did you know that many large cat and dog food makers test their products on animals, even though no law requires them to do so? It’s true. Nestle/Purina has nearly 1,400 dogs and cats at their research facility. The company reported to the USDA that they were housing 578 dogs and 820 cats in testing facilities in 2017. Sometimes things go horrifically wrong. In 2017, the company reported to USDA…

In 2010, at the request of 3 great Senators (Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and Tom Harkin of Iowa), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) studied whether chimpanzee biomedical research was justified. (Notice they didn’t ask the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct its own assessment.) Survey said? Yes, chimp experiments can be ended: To no one’s surprise, the IOM experts concluded that the vast majority of…

Today is International Animal Rights Day, and there is no better day to share with you our vision for a world free from animal suffering in labs. What will it take to get there, and what will the world look like when we win? These are questions that NEAVS has been striving to answer. Our approach is laid out in our new institutional Strategic Plan. We would love to hear…

Although interpretations of these three words vary a bit, here are their basic definitions: Reduce: Researchers should Find a way to lessen the number of animals needed to explore the question. This can be done in a myriad of ways, such as good use of statistical analysis and experimental design, including calculating minimum sample sizes that are still big enough to discriminate among the groups, using a more complex experimental…

Today, the members of a working group made up of federal employees released a draft report that stacks the deck against animals suffering in lab experiments. The report’s recommendations are in direct conflict with the law that created that working group, and should be rejected out of hand by Congress. Because of a 2016 law named the 21st Century Cures Act, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S.…

In case you missed it, earlier this year it was revealed that the USDA is killing 50-100 kittens every year in cruel and wasteful experiments taking place in Beltsville, MD. The kittens are perfectly healthy and are being discarded like trash because the USDA deems them  unnecessary. In September we told USDA we’d be happy to take ownership of the kittens. Our plan is simple: We'll give the kittens any…

In Nature International Journal of Medicine last week, the animal research community admitted that billions of taxpayer dollars and many thousands of animals have been killed in meaningless research into Alzheimer’s Disease. “We appreciate that the models we had were insufficient,” said Bruce Lamb, a neuroscientist at Indiana University in Indianapolis. No kidding. In no other context is the absurdity of using animals to predict what’s going to happen in humans…

The FDA currently funds experiments on dogs, but to their credit, the FDA is trying to get out of this line of work. This week the FDA announced a new effort to reduce dog experiments, which while laudable, does include using more dogs in a minimally-invasive way. We love that the dogs will not suffer, and that the FDA has committed to adopting them out after the experiments conclude, but…

If Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on things we’re genuinely grateful for, we’d like to highlight the great news that the number of cats, dogs, and rabbits that suffer in medical experiments continues to decrease steadily. Key points: ·The number of cats being used in medical experiments in the U.S. is now at an all-time low. ·The number of cats used is down over 48%…