March 5, 1898

The Humane Society Deal in Fiction.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(10):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440620053012

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The following is a copy of a letter addressed by the Humane Society to a well-known Senator:

Washington, D. C., Feb. 19,1898.

Dear Sir:  —I desire to call your attention to the bill now before Congress, "for the further prevention of cruelty to animals in the District of Columbia," and intended for the humane regulation of the practice of vivisection.It is not, as has been by some erroneously supposed, an "antivivisection bill," but provides only that experiments upon animals shall be performed only by properly qualified persons; that in experiments calculated to give pain, the animal shall be rendered insensible by anesthetics; and it also provides for the appointment of four inspectors, appointed by the President of the United States, to see that these regulations are complied with and to serve without pay.Ordinary inoculation experiments are expressly excluded from the operation of this law.We wish to point

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