Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Ms Fishbein1
urged researchers to lobby against the proposed USDA agreement to add certain
groups of animals (rodents, birds, etc) to those already covered under the
AWA, and she characterized the agreement as "a complete capitulation" to activists'
demands. The term "activist" conjures up negative images, which is compounded
by characterizing a preliminary agreement simply to count animals as "complete
capitulation" to these nebulous "activists." Primum non
nocere, first do no harm, is a moral imperative that I, for one, take
very seriously, and the use of nonhuman animals in biomedical experiments
is fundamentally a moral question. Perhaps we should be talking about the
well-being of sentient beings rather than whether researchers should have
to do more bookkeeping.
Cramer M. Regulations Governing the Use of Laboratory Animals. JAMA. 2001;286(3):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.302