Alison Stinnette-Angle: New-Englad Vivisection Society

“Founded in 1895, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is a Boston-based, national animal advocacy organization dedicated to ending the use of animals in research, testing, and science education.” This website is very thorough about protecting animals from being utilized when testing products of any type and the organization advocates for replacing animals with “modern alternatives that are ethical, humane, and scientifically superior.” “Vivisection is the practice of animal experimentation.”

According to this website The Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. § 2131) enacted in 1966 is the only law that regulates animals in research and how they are treated. The AWA only provides minimal protection for certain animals and excludes most the animals that are used for testing. According to NEAVS, “it is impossible to determine the precise number of animals in U.S. laboratories, since government statistics do not currently include the species named above, conservative estimates indicate that U.S. labs use over 25 million animals annually.” The real number is believed to be over 100 million animals.

The USDA is responsible for enforcing the AWA. There are only 115 inspectors who are charged with this responsibility. The inspectors are attempting to maintain oversight on “minimal standards for housing, feeding, handling, veterinary care, and for some species like chimpanzees, their psychological well-being.” Which is obviously an impossible job.

Society, New England Anti-Vivisection. “Animals in Science / Research.” Laws and Regulations. NEAVS, n.d. Web. 01 May 2017. <http://www.neavs.org/research/laws>.