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January 13, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(2):91-92. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200031013

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In the recent November elections, the citizens of Los Angeles voted 357,393 to 261,699 to permit unclaimed cats and dogs in the city to be used for experimental purposes. The referendum, known as Proposition C, arose from a demand by the antivivisectionists in the spring of 1949 that the city council issue an ordinance prohibiting the use of pound dogs in research. A public hearing on the matter was held on April 19, at which testimony from the antivivisectionists and from eminent scientists of the Los Angeles area was heard. While the plea of the antivivisectionists was thrown out, this hearing drew attention to the necessity for positive action to insure the availability of an adequate supply of animals for experimental purposes. Consequently, the city council, to the chagrin of the antivivisectionists, passed an ordinance on July 21 permitting the use for research purposes of animals from the city pound.

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