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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

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the medical community,

I believe it should never have begun in the first place. I believe time has come that we can end it. It is the right thing to do. There has been so many advances in alternative testing that it can reliably (and faster and cheaper) be used. We are all here on this planet and therefore we should ALL live happily. NEAVS does this. So I thank you.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Love the work you do!
This is a very worthy cause that I am happy to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have written to Universities that use animals in their labs to experiment on thanks to AAVS. I have written to congressmen in CO for action on issues of AAVS has allerted me to and I will write to protect the EPS vote. I have donated as I am able , I am disabled and on limited income.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome, much needed work! Not many organizations are working in this area. AAVS is awesome.

2 Jennifer571

Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful to be a member of AAVS. AAVS is an organization with integrity and an excellent reputation for providing advocacy for animals and humans alike, resources for those wishing to take action on behalf of animals and helpful information on issues important to me. I wish they had more members to provide an even greater base of financial support for their good works! I feel like I contribute to the important issues of animal welfare just by being a supporter and I look forward to the AAVS magazine to keep me updated on the latest efforts. I do sign up for the AAVS alerts- emails of legislation and up-to-the-minute appeals to organizations. These alerts allow me to be quickly advised of pending issues and creates the opportunity to respond to law makers & others in position to affect policies in mere moments with pre-populated (but personalizable) emails. I'm a "lay person" but all their literature is interesting and written in language easily understandable. Please consider looking further into the organization, I expect you'll be grateful too!

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is a wonderful organization that works hard to support and advocate for animal rights and also educate the public about the harsh truths about animal testing. I have been a member for 20 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate all that AAVS does to eliminate the needless suffering of animals. It is a barbaric practice that is just not necessary. Bravo to AAVS!

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Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is a worthwhile organazation working towards ending animal testing , abuse, and neglect. I am a regular donor and will continue to support them. God bless them all for what they do for the animals. They are the voice for the voiceless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is important to me because I believe no animal should endure a life of captivity and torture. AAVS is working to end this outdated and cruel practice.

Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is one of the most important charities in the country that it would be difficult to attempt even a summary of the many projects in which they are involved.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the AAVS because their work to improve the lives of all animals matters to me. They consistently fight to prevent animal cruelty and help educate the public about ways in which we can all pitch in to make a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is truly one one the most pro-active & forward thinking organizations dedicated to ending vivisection and animal testing. They have so much to offer in terms of alternative methods. I will continue to support them for a long time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support the American Anti-Vivisection Society because what they do makes a difference both short-term, and most importantly, long-term. I read the reports and know that they have consistently gotten excellent results. I can't imagine a world without them and the work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I joined the American Antivivisection Society in the early 1980s as a lifetime member because I believe that animals are not here for food or entertainment of humans. The AAVS philosophy is in line with mine: education is key for young and old to expose and ultimately stop the inhumane treatment of all non-human life. This organization continues to set the standard for an animal rights organization. Bravo to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Anti Vivisection Society is an incredible organization. They fight for the well being of all animals as well as inform the public on the issues that may not be well known. They are invaluable.

Donor

Rating: 5

American Anti-Vivisection Society is a wonderful organization doing much-needed, humane, and responsible work. Vote for this non-profit or support it, if you can.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best animal organizations out there. AAVS makes changes happen. Keep up the fantastic work. I am honored to be a member.

Sincerely,
Marguerite

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Donor

Rating: 5

AAVS is one of the best organizations out there. I have been donating for several years now and have found them extremely innovative when it comes to protecting animals.
AAVS has exceeded in their strategy and I will continue to support them any way I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the AAVS for many, many years. I've written letters and sent post cards for their various causes. I applaud their constant efforts to see that animals are treated humanely.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time donor and support the AAVS for their work to reduce animal suffering. Through their work to promote simulators instead of live animals, many animals have been saved from a cruel and unnecessary death.