News & Alerts

Happy April! This month we're shining the Staff Spotlight on Jessica Dickard, Program Associate, who joined the NEAVS team in September 2015! 1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!) I am an only child and grateful to have ridiculously cool parents who continue to encourage me to engage with my adventurous side, stay creative, and follow my heart at all times. 2. Tell us about your passion for animals.  (e.g. When/how…

We must fight to save them all. That’s the answer...but what’s the question? Nicholas Kristof asked in this recent New York Times article about whether it’s wrong to focus on animal protection when humans are suffering.  “Are we betraying our own species when we write checks to help gorillas (or puppies or wild horses)? Is it wrongheaded to fight for elephants and rhinos (or farm[ed] animals at home) while five million children…

It's April which means it's National Frog Month! When you think of frogs, what comes to mind? For some of us, we envision Spring peepers perched alongside a pond. For others, we associate frogs with formaldehyde, scalpels, and science class.  Did you know many schools across the country offer alternatives to traditional animal dissections? The Ethical Science Education Campaign (ESEC), a program of NEAVS, offers a variety of services to protect a…

As someone professionally, and personally dedicated to ending the use of animals in research and testing, I never would have expected to find myself discussing an area of common ground with professionals in the animal research industry. However, that’s exactly where I found myself during a two-part session on the subject of compassion fatigue at the 2018 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference (IACUC) Conference in Columbus, OH. The conference's…

Congratulations to Caroline Banks—recipient of this year's Ethical Science Education Campaign (ESEC) Award—given to a student project focused on promoting awareness, compassion, and understanding of animals, and how good science can be accomplished without the use of animals. ESEC is a program of NEAVS. The ESEC Award, which includes a financial grant to the recipient’s school to secure alternatives to dissection, was announced on Saturday, March 24th at the Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering,…

Springtime is here which means tabling season has begun for NEAVS! Come visit us at New England VegFest on Sunday, April 29th in Worcester, MA! This free event is from 12PM-5PM and held at the DCU Center. Get ready for lots of fun (and food) because this vegetarian food festival features 100+ exhibitors, cooking demos, guest speakers, and kid's activities.  We would love to see you at our table! Come…

In August 2014, Nancy Finn had her first day at NEAVS. Since then, year-after-year, Nancy has been an integral part of the NEAVS team. Learn more about our fabulous Director of Marketing & Communications below: 1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!) I’ve always felt a very strong pull toward helping others – especially those who cannot speak up for themselves. I think that’s why I was drawn to…

I finally watched The Shape of Water last night and I’m torn about its messaging about animal rights and anti-vivisection. (Fun fact: One of the film’s characters even uses the term "vivisection.") For those of you who haven’t seen it, The Shape of Water's plot involves a sentient being who happens to be a sea creature. This creature has been captured by the U.S. government during the space race of the 1960s and…

My interest in science began in Nepal where I was born, raised, and educated. From my school days I liked science because it had practical classes. When I went to college, I chose Biology as my major. During human physiology classes, I noticed human bodies function through various biochemical reactions—it was these wonderful reactions which deepened my interest in chemistry. At this stage, I realized I wanted to be a…

In case you missed the news and our corresponding Action Alert, NEAVS is gravely concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) because it 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…