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To the Editor:—
I welcome the opportunity presented by Kurtz' letter to clarify further the realities of the controversy over special administrative legislation governing animal experimentation.The proposed legislation which Kurtz apparently defends would state as a national policy that vertebrate animals should be employed in medical and other biological studies "only when no other feasible and satisfactory methods can be used to ascertain biological and scientific information." It would also make it very difficult or even impossible for such animals to be used in any undergraduate teaching program.The assertions by Kurtz of the "well-documented examples of abuse of laboratory animals" can be disputed on factual grounds. In the congressional hearings there were actually no "documented" examples of abuses presented whatever, if for documentation, one requires anything more than unproven assertions. It may interest readers of The Journal to know that, despite the furore over pet-napping for sale to
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