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New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: One of the oldest and most respected animal advocacy organizations in the country, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), founded in 1895, works to end animal experiments and replace them with modern alternatives that are ethically and scientifically superior. NEAVS works to: change laws, policies and practices; promote the development and use of non-animal alternatives in science and at all levels of science education; and support rescues of animals from research and their permanent placement and care in sanctuary. In addition, NEAVS educates the public about the cruelty, financial waste, and scientific limitations and dangers of animal research. NEAVS brings together doctors, scientists, and other professionals who support our anti-vivisection mission with individuals from the animal protection movement and the general public. Our mission is accomplished through education and outreach programs, research and investigation, legislation, legal action, and strategic negotiation.

Programs: Campaigns: program work that aims to increase public awareness of and support to end the use of animals in research or to change societal or institutional practices regarding general or specific anti-vivisection issues. Education: program work that aims to educate and support students at all levels of public or private education and professional training regarding the use of alternatives to classroom animal use or to change educational institutional practices regarding the harmful use of animals in education. Grants/awards: program work that supports collaboration with like minded individuals and organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is an extremely dysfunctional nonprofit. All of the power is concentrated in the Executive Director (also President of the board), who is incapable of doing her job, engages in unethical practices and berates and harasses employees regularly. Exhibiting a textbook narcissistic personality disorder, she would likely rather kill the organization than let someone else take the reins. She has stacked the Board with women she can control and bully. Efforts have been made for years by multiple cycles of staff to improve the situation but to date it has been impossible because of the power structure. This organization could be turned around and actually help animals if only the Board would step up. Donors: stay away.



Rating: 1

Truly corrupt organization. Donation dollars are not allocated in an appropriate manner. Would make sure to ask about the SPECIFIC programs that they are working on before giving money to this organization. Make sure to view the many negative staff reviews on Glassdoor. With so many animal organizations doing good work with transparency in the area, I would not choose to donate to NEAVS.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit played a pivotal role in the recent release of dozens of federally funded captive chimps into sanctuary. After seeing Project Nim I gained a new understanding of how painful it is for chimps to be in captivity and discovering that they were in captivity for no purpose but to take advantage of financial benefits from the letter of the law was terrible.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does so much good via their research, legislation, policy change, outreach, to replace the vile inhumane animal experimentation with modern alternatives. They have science on their side! I cannot state emphatically enough how important this organization is!