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Yesterday on Capitol Hill, NEAVS and White Coat Waste Project (WCW) released a new report exposing hundreds of cruel and outdated animal tests performed by the National Toxicity Program (NTP). "Toxic Testing" calls into question the government's efforts to reduce this animal cruelty funded by taxpayers.  Last year, White Coat Waste exposed the NTP's taxpayer-funded animal tests for so-called “abortion herbs” and cosmetics ingredients. It turns out, the problem is even worse than imagined.  NEAVS and WCW's "Toxic Testing" report found:…

In March 2017, Erinn Larson joined the NEAVS team. From day one, as our Marketing and Communications Associate, she has been enthusiastic and a hard worker. Learn more about Erinn below:  1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Yes, anything!)  I’m not sure if it was my Catholic upbringing or having phenomenal role models as a kid, but I’ve always been interested in helping others. Plus, I’m a very active, hands-on…

On May 16th, NEAVS and White Coat Waste Project (WCW) hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill and released a new report, “Toxicity Testing.” This report, also a collaborative effort, exposes hundreds of cruel, wasteful and outdated tests performed on animals by the National Toxicity Program (NTP).  Since our very own Jessica Dickard, Program Associate, was one of the report’s authors, we chatted with her about the experience and what she hopes people…

While many of us say every week is Be Kind to Animals Week, its official launch in 1915, symbolized the need for people to unite around kindness and compassion – particularly towards animals. Be Kind to Animals Week has been successful at raising awareness; however, the sad truth is animals in labs are often forgotten because they're behind closed doors and out of sight. This week, we ask you to share your compassion for…

On Tuesday, April 24th, to mark World Day for Animals in Labs, NEAVS and We Animals released “Empty Laws,” a short film documenting the impact of weak regulatory standards on primates in labs. The two creators behind the film, We Animals filmmaker Kelly Guerin (pictured left) and NEAVS President Emeritus Dr. Theodora Capaldo (pictured right), put a lot of time and passion into the production of this short, yet powerful film.…

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,…