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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

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Freja P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm truly inspired by The American Anti-Vivisection Society's dedication and tenacity in freeing animals from the horrors of vivisection. While AAVS advocates on many fronts, I am most impressed by its commitment to developing alternatives, a most pragmatic approach which shows the most promise to actually end this dreadful and debasing activity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great society. Keep up fighting for animals.
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to support AAVS. I first started supporting AAVS because of their involvement with chimpanzees who are awaiting release from biomedical laboratories so they can finally have their well earned freedom in a life of Sanctuary. After years of life in labs, chimpanzees need and deserve the freedom that only a sanctuary can provide. AAVS was also a major player in seeking support for the 66 chimpanzees in Liberia.

AAVS improves the lives of animals through citizen activism, in-depth reports, legal strategies, and public education. I know my support and actions help AAVS with their ongoing campaigns and programs such as: Alternatives Research, Compassionate Shopping, Humane Science Education, and Sanctuary Support. (Sanctuary Support being a key focus for me!)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank God they exist and they work hard to end this unacceptable practice!

1 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

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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.

1 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.