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July 18, 2001

Regulations Governing the Use of Laboratory Animals

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(3):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.302

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.

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