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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

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laura204

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Anti-Vivisection Society has saved the lives of thousands of animals by exposing the cruel treatment of animals that are experimented on for face creams and shampoos.

What is amazing is that these animals did not have to die. We have BETTER & MORE RELEVANT tests that can give results of the effects of cosmetics as well as medicines.

These tests are LESS EXPENSIVE and will save tax payers millions of dollars as well as the lives of millions of animas. THANK YOU AAVS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE AAVS. They are working hard to get rid of animal testing. All the torture that animals suffer locked away.

AAVS is tireless in their pursuit of getting awareness about these animals and getting a non-animal testing in place.

With deep gratitude to AAVS.

Laura Sanchez, thousand oaks, calif.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for protecting the innocent and voiceless animals. The American Anti-Vivisection Society is the greatest organization having the highest moral and ethical standards.
Prevention of animal cruelty should be every civilized society's priority, and moral obligation.
Torturing animals is just as inexcusable as torturing another human being for profit or other gain and advancement in any area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAVS is an amazing nonnprofit who does tireless work to protect animals who have no voice. As an academic, I often come across vivisection in my studies. AAVS not only gives insight into the problems behind vivisection, but it also seeks equal, viable, and moral alternatives. This orginization has given me both the knowledge and understanding to promote an end to animal studies, and the courage I need to stand behind my principals in fields that almost always demand I participate in cruelty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am from Russia, but compassion knows no borders and it IS important for me to know people fight cruelty all over the world. And the USA is twice important since it is an example for many countries to follow. It is often said in Russia "Look how they do it in the USA!" - and that is equal to "this is the right way". I ask Americans to support this organisation because animal testing is a completely wrong and outdated thing, and the people in AAVS seem to me trustworthy. Good luck and God Bless America! Maria

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a member of AAVS for a long time. They are inspirational and dedicated to ending the morally bereft and unconscionable practice of experimenting on live animals. It's ridiculous that in 2017 innocent animals are being tortured and abused in experiments that can be done on computers! Thank goodness the AAVS is fighting the good fight for the voiceless!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love your work! Thanks for being such a great voice for the animals, for those beautiful souls locked and abused in labs. The public is so removed from them! Bringing awareness and advocating for their freedom, whilst offering alternative solutions is an amazing cause that I admire and support. Thank you American Anti-Vivisection Society!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a monthly supporter of AAVS, I cannot express my gratitude for the work they do to free innocent animals from the horrors of laboratory testing. I have been brought to tears frequently by the images of these poor animals locked in cages and tortured repeatedly, often to death, for cosmetics, foods, and various other commodities. Much of this testing is completely unnecessary, as there are alternatives, such as computer models and synthetics that mimic the results obtained through animal testing. Even in cases where it may be deemed necessary it is heartbreaking that no consideration is given to the pain and suffering of the animal. No pain medications are administered, and the animal quite often suffers until it dies. The animals themselves are treated with less regard than the commodities being tested.

My admiration and respect and deepest gratitude goes to the individuals who have the intestinal fortitude and the dedication to observe and document these atrocities and work towards eliminating them. There is no justification for the torture and murder of millions of animals, particularly when it is completely unnecessary for such frivolities as mascara and lipstick.

Thank you AAVS for the difficult work you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a monthly contributor to AAVS, I have the utmost respect for the important work they're doing. . In this day and age, when simulators are available, there is no necessity to use live animals for research. These poor innocent beings are subjected to horrific experiments that are completely unnecessary. For what? For mascara?

I shop only cruelty free, and support AAVS and consider them a highly reputable organization..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Anti-Vivisection Society is doing the kind of work very few other organizations are able to tackle and deserves a standing ovation for its ongoing efforts to find alternatives to vivisection.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve written to the investor-relations departments of many pharmaceutical and medical companies asking if they test on animals and informing them that, if they do, we’d be selling the shares held by our firm’s clients. I’ve included a link to the American Anti-Vivisection Society to make them aware of the available alternatives and told them to let us know if they move away from animal testing in the future. - Brenda A. Morris, Founder and CEO of Humane Investing, LLC

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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of AAVS for years, I am inspired by its 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. Its work is vital in actually ending inhumane "practicing" of mutilating and killing animals.

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.
End vivisection

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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

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! ♡♡♡