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January 18, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(3):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880030036011

State legislators are meeting in 1947 in forty-four states. In some of these legislatures bills will be introduced by the antivivisectionists seeking curtailment of the use of animals in research. The possible crippling of medical progress, medical education, manufacture of pharmaceuticals and standardization of drugs for therapeutic use as a result of their efforts does not concern the antivivisectionists. Unless they are effectively inhibited they may come even more perilously close to success than they did in the legislative session in New York when their dog bill passed one house of the legislature. Only the vigilance of New York physicians and scientists succeeded in stopping them.

The annual report1 of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, contains a copy of a letter which is being sent to approximately 13,000 state legislators individually typed and signed by Ward Caille, the vice president. Accompanying the letter will be

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