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Founded in 1883, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. AAVS also opposes and works to end other forms of cruelty to animals. We work with students, grassroots groups, individuals, teachers, the media, other national organizations, government officials, members of the scientific community, and advocates in other countries to legally and effectively end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods to animal use.
AAVS has two main divisions, each involved in specific activities. Animalearn is the education program of AAVS, which focuses on ending vivisection and dissection in the classroom. From elementary through college levels, Animalearn helps countless individuals make their classrooms more humane. Animalearn operates the most aggressive dissection alternatives lending library in the country, The Science Bank, providing alternatives to using animals, from basic dissection, through psychology experiments. Animalearn also participates in national teacher conferences and hosts workshops to help teachers learn ways of educating without harming other living creatures. Animalearn's National Humane Educators Network links interested parties with speakers across the country, bringing the message of humane education to thousands.
The Outreach division of AAVS educates the general public about animal issues through one of the top-rated literature collections in the animal advocacy movement and the informative AAVS website. Our quarterly publication, AV Magazine, and bi-monthly newsletter, Activate for Animals, provide comprehensive up-to-date information on the scientific and ethical dimensions of animal experiments and alternatives. Both publications encourage AAVS members and supporters to become actively involved in our campaigns. Outreach staff also travel to speaking engagements and conferences and place advertisements in national publications to spread the AAVS message across the country.
The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF), an affiliate of AAVS, awards grants to scientists and educators working to develop non-animal methods. ARDF's unique program provides the necessary resources for development of alternatives to the use of animals. ARDF promotes alternatives through seminars and workshops as well as writing articles for various scientific publications. ARDF promotes scientific solutions for today with humane visions for the future.