July 5, 1971

Antivivisection Rides Again

JAMA. 1971;217(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190010052012

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The use of animals for experimental purposes is essential to biomedical research and teaching. Yet, the antivivisectionists are ever active. Early this year pressures caused the New York State Assembly to vote repeal of a law that permits requisition by medical and veterinary medical schools of unwanted and unclaimed pound animals. Fortunately, vigorous lobbying by deans of schools, the New York State Society for Medical Research, and the National Society for Medical Research blocked the bill in the state senate.

Similar action was threatened in the New Jersey legislature at an earlier time and was successfully quelled by a strong campaign mounted by medical school faculty and students and members of the medical profession at large. This year the issue arose again, reaction by the schools and the profession was dilatory, and on May 6 a bill was passed that prohibits release of impounded animals for experimental use. If Governor