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Update (as of June 2017): The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of PETA, holding that "a government agency cannot withhold records on 'public safety' grounds unless the agency can provide specific factual support that releasing the records would jeopardize public safety." Click here to read the article from June 20, 2017 Click here to read the case summary (including court documents) Original blog post (October 2014): This month, PETA sued the Massachusetts…

In 1931, a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy designated Oct. 4, as “World Animal Day” to bring attention to endangered animals. The tradition is an opportunity to consider our relationship with the rest of the animals we share the earth with. The plight of animals used in science is often overlooked, as they are usually hidden from public view. Help NEAVS ensure we recognize the invisible animals on this…

UPDATE: The application period is now closed. Please continue to check back to learn about the next round of funding. NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR), continue our legacy of supporting scientists committed to non-animal research with the 2015-16 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. Applications are now being accepted. The annual $40,000 postdoctoral award goes…

 NEAVS' Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories is happy to welcome 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) to their forever home at Chimp Haven sanctuary! In December 2012 NIH agreed to retire them, and about one year ago NIH announced it would retire nearly 90% of all federally owned chimpanzees. NEAVS/Project R&R has been closely involved in the fate of the NIRC chimps…

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NEAVS is happy to announce that last week the New Hampshire Board of Education approved a policy (endorsed by NEAVS) supporting the right of all K-12 students to choose alternatives to traditional animal dissection without being penalized. New Hampshire was the only state left in New England to make this compassionate change and the new policy makes New England 100% Dissection Choice – our goal! NEAVS has worked diligently with…

As spring approaches, many students studying the life sciences will be given lessons in anatomy and physiology through classroom dissection of frogs and other animal specimens. If you or someone you know prefers not to dissect once-living animals, be assured there are alternatives. Advanced computer programs simulate dissection, and studies show students who use these learn as well as or better than students using specimens. Parents and students, ask teachers…

To receive our monthly eNews by email, sign up here. In This Issue ... More NEAVS funding for Sanctuary and Rescue Leaping Bunny Update World Bans on Animal Tests ... and more We Can’t Forget the Rest of the Chimps Twin brothers Hunter and Lyons, companions for 21 years owned by and held at Yerkes research center, were separated in 2006. Lyons, in acute kidney failure, was retired and transferred to Chimp Haven.…

After years of planning, the Nonhuman Rights Project this week filled three landmark lawsuits in New York aimed at releasing four chimpanzees from captivity. The suits are the first actions in a broader strategy dedicated to granting nonhuman animals their own legal rights. Chimpanzees were selected for the first lawsuits as they are beyond doubt socially and cognitively complex, as well as the closest relative of humans. Dolphins, whales, and…

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently retired nearly 90% of federally owned chimpanzees in laboratories. However, until last week there were numerous questions surrounding how their retirement would be paid for. With a $100,000 grant to federal sanctuary Chimp Haven, NEAVS was the first to step up and help. Our seed money went to support the first chimpanzees the NIH retired last fall from Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center…