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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission:

The missionof the American Anti-Vivisection Society is tounequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and to opposeall other forms of cruelty to animals.

Programs: Animalearn is AAVS' education division and focuses on ending vivisection and dissection in the classroom from elementary through college levels. Animalearn operates The Science Bank, a dissection alternatives lending library, which provides alternatives to using animals, from basic dissection to psychology experiments. By participating in national teacher conferences, hosting workshops and in-service days and providing information to individuals who request assistance, Animalearn helps countless students, teachers, parents and other community members make their classrooms more humane.AAVS' Outreach division educates the public about animal issues through our award winning quarterly publication AV Magazine and bimonthly newsletter ActiVate For Animals, both of which are sent to all members and provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on animal experiments and alternatives. Outreach staff also speak at conferences and place advertisements to reach a large audience, exposing what occurs behind laboratory doors.The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) is AAVS' scientific affiliate. ARDF awards grants to scientists and educators working to develop non-animal methods and promotes alternatives through seminars and workshops as well as writing articles for various scientific publications.

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kelly214

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed helping this organization in their projects. I encourage all to support the great they are engaged in. I look forward to supporting them far into the future. Please share them with your friends so their work can be assured to flourish far into the future.

Thank-You

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a shame that in today's world, an organization such as this is needed. But, needed it is, and it is a great one. They are the voices of the voiceless, and deserve all of our support.

Anita Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If the world had more people like this, we would all live in a better place. Thank you for caring and actually doing something about it. We need to end animal experimentation. It's cruel and useless. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -Gandhi

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAVS is devoted to ending animal cruelty. We need to end animal experimentation. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -Gandhi

1 Tad R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Out of the dozens of nonprofit organizations that I have donated to, AAVS ranks at the very top for their high-level advocacy and educational awareness of animal welfare. And AAVS is facing new challenges with the advent of BMO's - Biologically Modified Organisms - the combination of two or more species to create "some-thing" new and abhorrent. If I only had $5 to go to charities this year, AAVS would that $5!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAVS does incredible and vital work to promote the cessation of cruelty to animals that we, the "superior" species, continues to visit upon them. Their mission of education, outreach, and support helps to make the lives of many of those creatures far better than they have been used to.

AAVS improves the lives of animals through citizen activism, in-depth reporting, legal strategies, and compelling public education; their many successful campaigns and programs, include alternative research methods, teaching the public about compassionate shopping, promoting the adoption of humane science education, and supporting sanctuaries. I am grateful that it exists, and appreciate the chance they give me to work beside them in their mission by promoting petitions I can sign, phone calls I can make, and outreach I can do on my own.

1 Judy170

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always remember having to cut up a frog in biology class and I'm 75 years old now. It's a terrible, horrific thing to ask kids to do that. God gave us the animals to watch over and that's what the American Anti-Vivisection Society does, watch over and try to make their lives better. I've always hated the thought of animals being tortured by man experimenting on them, so that's why I love this group. They're trying to stop all the torture and save the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support the AAVS because I love animals and believe they should be free to live in happiness, without humans using them for personal gain. Every day in the name of "science", thousands of these beautiful animals are tortured and killed and most people do not even know about it. The AAVS gets the word out and helps people like me learn the truth and spread the word. They work to end this inhumane treatment and help save thousands of lives through their work and commitment to educate, heal, and ultimately put an end to these barbaric actions. Without them, many would be left in the dark, clueless to the cruelty that surrounds us. THANK YOU AAVS FOR SHOWING ME THE LIGHT! ♡♡♡

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need organizations like AAVS, to bring issues to the fore ground, that people know nothing of or about and to continue their hard work and sometimes struggle to get the message across, that we need to make changes and be more understanding towards our fellow sentient beings, that also feel pain and suffering, grief, sadness and happiness just as we do. Thank you to AAVS for doing what you do and to keep up the good work.

Laura260

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was a child, many years ago, my mother was a member of the AAVS. She would get a magazine in the mail that she would try to hide from my inquisitive eyes. Sometimes she was succesful. Sometimes she was not.

Many times I read the articles and cried and had nightmares. I still do. But now I am an adult and realize that knowledge is power and awareness brings change. I fully appreciate the way that AAVS empowers me to act for animal welfare. Change is happening. It will never be quick enough for the animals still trapped in the laboratories, but it is happening. AAVS is helping to make it happen.

The medium is different. Today it is through cyberspace, not a magazine. But AAVS gets the message out........and advocates respond. Thank you AAVS. I still cry, but I see hope.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a senior citizen now, but as a child I remember my mother supporting the AAVS. The magazine would come in the mail and she would hide it from me, knowing I would be hysterical and crying at the agony of the animals that were suffering at the hands of humans....in the name of science. Over 50 years have passed and unfortunately this is still occurring. I still cry when I hear of the horror stories. The AAVS is still fighting to end this cruelty. Their work is more important today than ever and they are leading the charge fro change. Today, technology has eliminated any need for animal testing.... Hopefully, in my life time I will see the end of animal testing completely, and when it happens, it will be in a large part due to the education and efforts of the AAVS.