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Lab Animal Bill—
The Senate passed, 85 to 0, an animal laboratory bill directing the Secretary of Agriculture to license animal dealers who could sell to laboratories only legally obtained dogs, cats, and other animals used in medical research.The bill would prohibit purchases by research institutions of animals from unlicensed sellers. It also would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to insure humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of animals by dealers and laboratories.Researchers would not be required to adhere to federal treatment standards while the animals were involved in experiments.Laboratories would be required to keep records of their animal purchases.The measure authorizes $2,000,000 for the first year of the program that would require the Agriculture Department inspection to insure that dealers and institutions were complying with federal requirements.The bill approved by the House earlier this year covered only cats and dogs and had no provisions
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