It is with the hope instilled from recent successful American movements that we at NEAVS look to a future with new norms—norms that make happy lives for animals. You are helping us to create that future. Read more.
“I’ve got a raccoon. Want to give me your number?” From across the parking lot of a convenience store came one of the strangest pick-up lines I ever heard. Believe me when I tell you—this question changed the course of my life. Read more.
Researchers at the University of California-Irvine are restraining healthy kittens and flooding their bodies with a drug that makes them deaf. Take two minutes to make it stop.
Newly-released USDA documents reveal that Southern Research, located in Birmingham, Alabama, admitted that rabbits being used in a federally-funded anthrax experiment might die because the facility is inadequately staffed. Specifically, Southern Research wrote:
“. . . it is possible that challenged rabbits might die during observation periods (when technicians are concentrating on other animals), between observation periods, or overnight”.
While it’s true that the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) allows experimenters to expose animals with anthrax, and even allows animals to suffer without any pain relief, it does at least require a basic level of care that doesn’t allow animals suffer to death because there’s not sufficient staff on hand to watch them all.
To be specific, the Animal Welfare Act states clearly in 2.33(b)(1):
“Each research facility shall have an attending veterinarian who shall provide adequate veterinary care to its animals in compliance with this section: (b) Each research facility shall establish and maintain programs of adequate veterinary care that include: (1) The availability of appropriate facilities, personnel, equipment, and services to comply with the provisions of this subchapter . . . .”
Dr. John Gluck, former animal researcher, was disgusted when he read the documents, stating:
"As a scientist involved in animal research for over 30 years, I was disgusted to learn that some researchers at the Southern Research Institute were willing to allow rabbits, in the throes of a purposely induced painful death, to go unaided for the convenience of the research staff. This situation reveals the denial of the expectation of basic ethical decency and indicts the oversight provided by the responsible IACUC."
We’re Demanding the Maximum Fine
No laboratory should be allowed to leave innocent rabbits to suffer a painful death because they are not adequately staffed. We wrote this letter to the USDA’s Animal Care Division to ask that they levy the maximum fine to Southern Research for this negligence. Under current law, the maximum fine per violation is $11,390.
Despite the fact that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) claims it’s working to reduce the number of animals used in the experiments it funds, it’s also true that the NIH has never actually counted the full number of animals it uses in a given year. Read more.
As of 2019, over 70 top scholarly journals will seemingly publish any research on primates, without considering the inherent ethical concerns. Read more.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that by 2035, they will have eliminated experimentation on mammals. Read more.
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.