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The American Anti-Vivisection Society

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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

408 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Peter W.4

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is a fantastic organization that helps save animal lives and educates the public to the horrors of vivisection. I support AAVS 100%!

2 Tracey K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and supported AAVS for years. Their mission is so important for the lives of millions of animals. I would suggest that anyone get to know them to understand the need to abolish cruel and ineffective vivisection.

2 annesami

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS funds alternatives to using animals in research; it helps support students who don't want to do dissection in their science classes; it promotes humane choices when we go shopping. I admire AAVS for all it accomplishes to help protect animals from harm. It is worth your support, too!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This loving non-profit helps children find alternatives to dissection, an unnecessary & cruel classroom practice if there ever was one. It also provides compassionate shopping guides for those of us who want to buy products that don't test chemicals on animals. A great organization to support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became familiar with AAVS years ago and have followed/donated ever since. I love how they fight to end animal testing and provide Humane Science Education and Alternatives Research.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the AAVS while researching ways to help animals used in labs. Their name came up everywhere. I subscribed to emails from them and visit their site frequently as well as looking into the things they do. All around, I’ve been extremely impressed. All the staff are passionate about what they do, and the emails help you make a difference for animals. The things they do are never to antagonize anyone, rather to persuade and encourage. I love helping animals, and so does the AAVS. Working with them was a great choice. Thanks so much, guys.

2 lisaleah

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for the work of AAVS . They provide so much invaluable information to the public on the vivisection issue and ceaselessly advocate for the helpless and voiceless victims of this horrific business. I also deeply appreciate their campaigns and sanctuary work. I am always confident that my contributions will be well spent, as should other potential donors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Love this organization and its vital mission. It is so important that we show support for groups that have dedicated themselves to saving these animals from torture and lives of degradation and misery in the name of the False G-d of science.

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2 bassets3

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is an organization that is true to its mission and never wavers in its dedication to end the use of innocent animals in laboratories. We have been supporters of AAVS for over thirty years and have named the organization as the beneficiary of our estate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS works tirelessly to end the horrors of vivisection. The organization has been a beacon of hope for all the millions of animals suffering in laboratories around the globe. I have been a supporter of AAVS for over thirty years and have named the organization as the sole beneficiary of my estate.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I needed help with a large scale animal emergency, AAVS was one, of the only two, out of all of the animal welfare organizations I could contact, which responded with actual in person assistance! Also the AAVS Animal Learn program is unique and very important in educating the younger generations about how to be animal friendly in the future. I commend AAVS for their hard work and dedication to end animal experimentation and cruelty.

1 Karen K.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been an avid supporter of AAVS for about 40 years since i became active in Animal Welfare. We needed an organization to tackle, explain & debunk so many of the nonsense invasive experimentation being done on innocent animals. I was personally involved in engaging a member of Congress getting involved & having the GAO cut funding for an especially dubious research project being funded by our taxes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the first Animal Welfare Advocacy Groups that inspired me to transform my anger into change and continues to be relavent in the present day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAVS brings the horrors and wasteful spending on useless experiments to the forefront.

1 Sara W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely wonderful organization. They have done and continue to do so much to improve the lives of animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of AAVS ever since I first heard about them several years ago. They truly live out their mission statement. A reputable organization with integrity and a passion for what they do. You can feel confident when you donate to them that your money is going to actively reach the cause for animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring people who are dedicated to making animals' lives better. I am proud to support this organization!

Susan486

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I commend many groups who are doing their bit to end animal suffering. This group pushes forward with legislative work to make the changes needed for animals trapped in unnecessary, wasteful, expensive and painful experiments. Thank you for doing the 'boots on the ground' work!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We must support the non-profits for the voiceless that suffer needlessly for out-dated, barbaric systems. Thank you for all you do!

1 Nancy Mahoney F.

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS has been a steadfast advocate for the helpless and voiceless.
Their work is tireless and has accomplished much in the prevention of cruel and useless experimentation.
Nancy Fortmann

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Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is a dedicated and determined advocate for the abolition of animal-based experimentation, exploitation and harm.
I am pleased to support AAVS as a sustaining member.
Nancy Fortmann

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of vivisection from a school paper written by a friend years ago; it opened my eyes to the horror of what animals used in research go through. I found AAVS via a web search, and through them, learned about efforts being made to reduce and eventually end the use of animals in research labs. I have been a member and continue to participate in "Activate for Animals," their online program to encourage activism. They are a strong voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the hidden and forgotten, and a champion to those suffering at the hands of humans for the sake of research, when alternatives are available. Thank you AAVS for being the voice for those who can't speak for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of vivisection through AAVS and have been a member since 2002. They work tirelessly to end the use of animals in labs, education and research through the promotion of legislation, teaching and the creation and promotion of the use of animal alternatives. They bring awareness to the plight of animals in labs. I support their efforts to bring an end to animal suffering.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I admire AAVS because it never waivers in its commitment to animals. It helps animals on a day-to-day basis by providing teachers and students of all ages with alternatives to vivisection, by educating the public on how individuals can play a huge role in humane treatment of animals, by monitoring companies’ claims that their products are cruelty-free, and by helping to support sanctuaries that care for animals freed from laboratories. But it also takes the long view by working to change government policies, educating the public, and working with scientists to find alternatives to the use of animals in research.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to AAVS for all these years because I believe in the work they do. They have helped countless innocent animals and they also brought animal awareness to the public.
The achievements they have made brought protection to animals in abolishing cruelty and needless suffering of unnecessary testing and experiments. Experiments that have been repeated over and over for years !
Go AAVS, you do fantastic work. We're right behind you all !!!


1 Martina N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such important work, for those with no voice. The importance of this organization cannot be overstated. I'm so grateful

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to AAVS for their commitment to saving lives. Animals cannot speak up or defend for themselves, and AAVS makes sure that real change happens and innocent animals are protected. THANK YOU!!