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March 27, 1943

RABBITS FOR FOOD OR PREGNANCY TESTING

Author Affiliations

Department of Gynecology, Jewish Memorial Hospital,

New York Zoological Society, New York.

JAMA. 1943;121(13):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840130123025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  With American medicine girded for the war effort, the unlimited and unrestricted use of so valuable an edible animal as the rabbit for pregnancy tests seems to be exceedingly wasteful. Even if attempts are made to operate on the rabbits in an effort to reuse them, a large percentage die from the operation, a greater proportion die from infections and the remainder are usually disposed of after a few subsequent tests.Conservative estimates reveal that in the past year alone upward of 1,000,000 pounds of rabbit meat could have been spared for general food consumption if the animals had not been used for pregnancy testing.This is of even greater significance when one realizes that probably only a small percentage of the tests are real emergency tests. Moreover, for those instances in which a biologic test for pregnancy is indicated there are excellent time proved substitutes such

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