Aristotle believed that there was a hierarchy of animals, with humans on top. Aristotle was also an asshole, believing that men had more value than women, and that “Hellenes” were more valuable than other races and permitting, amongst other things, slavery. Read more.
There is a haunting trend in labs: being frozen alive due to negligence. Read more.
Here’s the truth: animal experiments are archaic and unnecessary. They don’t work. Read more.
AAALAC, a key accreditation body, needs to intervene before more animals suffer. Read more.
Vivisection... Chimera… Sometimes fighting to save animals from labs feels like a vocabulary exam. Read more.
Looking for a great book to read this summer? We asked our team of grassroots activists and policy experts to share the books that inspired their passion to end animal suffering in labs. They’re not “beach reads,” but they’re game-changers for animals.
When we exposed monkey torture funded by millions of your tax dollars, you took swift action.
We need your help to stop Chimps Incorporated, a nonprofit organization in Oregon, from moving seven chimpanzees to a research facility where they would likely be subjected to cognitive and behavioral experimentation.
We are excited to share a blog from NEAVS partner Ali Crumpacker, Executive Director, Project Chimps. Read more.
These are the stories of animals who so desperately yearned to be free from captivity that they took enormous risks to try to escape, and sometimes, they succeeded. Read more.
Last year (2018), animal experimenters at UC-Davis painted the mothers of 7 infant rhesus macaque monkeys with a dye. When the mothers were reunited with their infants, those infants died from exposure to the dye, which was poisonous to them. Read more and take action.
Many products are stamped with a rabbit image or labeled “Not Tested on Animals.” Does this mean they’re really cruelty-free? Read more.
With the support of NEAVS, students and other animal lovers recently converged on the University of Florida in protest of cruel monkey experiments. We’d like you to meet three of these activists. See why they care about ending animal testing, in their own words. Read more.
We filed a Federal Complaint Urging an Immediate Suspension of Animal Research at the University of Utah. Find out why they’re under scrutiny.
Great news: Congress is urging EPA to reduce reliance on testing in vertebrates. Read more.
NEAVS works with local grassroots activists across the country who are dedicated to ending cruel animal experiments. Everyone who wants to stand up for animals in labs should feel comfortable and confident to join NEAVS actions.
“I really don’t want to dissect a frog.” It’s something students everywhere are saying. At age 12, I was one of them, fearfully whispering this exact sentence to my best friend in the hallway outside my eighth grade biology classroom. Read more.
I remember my son sneaking his first piece of bacon at my sister’s house when he was three, immediately throwing up, and committing himself to a lifetime of vegetarianism. Read more.
Animals in labs need your voice! Today, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, we are asking animal advocates across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in a statewide call-in supporting two bills that will directly help lab animals. Read more.
Thanks to you, a bill to keep animal abuse records secret was just stopped.
It may not get a lot of press, but one of the biggest victories for animals in labs just took place in California. If you’re a NEAVS supporter, you were part of this victory.
Here’s what happened:
In short, a group called the Union of Concerned Scientists approached California Assemblymember Laura Friedman with a “lab gag” bill. (By “lab gag,” we mean this bill was aimed at ensuring information about what happens in labs is hidden from public view.)
In turn, she introduced the bill. In the bill’s first hearing, Friedman’s colleagues expressed alarm at what the bill would do, and insisted the bill needed to be re-worked to address concerns about records of animal use, among other issues.
Once the bill seemed destined to pass, we engaged to help stop it. The reason is simple: California’s Open Records Law is an essential tool to expose animal abuse in medical experiments. If signed into law, this bill (AB700) would have outright eliminated any citizen’s ability to request documents about how tax dollars are being used to abuse animals.
After the bill advanced from the Judiciary Committee, we sent this letter (which 9 other fantastic groups co-signed) to the bill’s author and then to other Assemblymembers.
Talking to Constituents Directly
Our supporters in the L.A. area began talking directly to Assemblymember Friedman’s constituents about how the bill would harm animals for generations to come, too. Many of them who live in her district signed our petition addressed to her asking she drop this bill.
By the Numbers
This fight matters so much because the number of animals suffering in California university labs is astounding. According to 2017 USDA data, over 34,000 animals are suffering in labs at these entities in California. Since the Animal Welfare Act defines the word “animal” so narrowly (excluding mice, rats, and birds, for example), we know that only 5–10% of animals suffering in labs are counted in this number. As such, a conservative estimate is that 340,000 animals were suffering in labs at California universities in 2017, the last year for which data is available.
While stopping AB700 doesn’t help these animals directly, we did preserve the right to get details about what happens to these animals, which we’ll use to pursue reforms to these areas of research and stop future animal suffering.
Now that this bill is dead, we’ll be on the lookout to see what other states the Union of Concerned Scientists might attempt this in, and we’ll stop those bills, too.