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November 10, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(19):1611-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650190041018

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Medical investigators are endeavoring to lessen disease and prolong life. In their hands, animal experimentation has proved a highly effective method for securing these results. It is reasonable to ask all citizens to support their efforts. This means, among other things, facilitating the supply of the necessary animals. The best source of the larger animals needed for laboratory service is the public pound, which contains homeless strays, most of which must be put to death. Unless animal experimentation is to be absolutely suppressed, there is every reason why animals that must be killed in any case should be used humanely, on their way to death, to help their fellow creatures. Further, if vagrant dogs and cats were available, there would be no allegation that such animals are obtained in an unwarranted manner. These are the arguments, for using impounded animals for the laboratories, that have long been made by the

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