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.
I was a member of AAVS for many years, including becoming a Life Member, before I became a member of the board. I was always impressed by AAVS's dedication to ending unnecessary suffering for all animals in laboratories, schools, and other research facilities, and a closer relationship has only increased my respect for this organization. It is not content with speaking out against animal suffering and educating people about the ills of vivisection, though it does this effectively; it also works hard to offer viable alternatives to schools, universities, and the research community, where it offers financial grants to encourage the development of research alternatives. Nor does the organization forget about the needs of animals that have been "retired" from laboratories, as it makes grants each year to approved sanctuaries. AAVS is, I feel, an organization that works with its heart and its head to make the world a better place for animals.