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September 14, 1895

Report of the American Humane Association on Vivisection and Dissection in Schools.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(11):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430370039012

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This pamphlet consists mainly of replies to circulars sent out by the Humane Association in regard to the benefits and propriety of vivisection in the teaching of children. Naturally, they are nearly all condemnatory—in fact, there is very little to be said in any way for the practice. It is a very different thing from experimental investigation, and young children can, and readily will take physiologic facts on trust without practical demonstration, which will, at the best, be likely to be very imperfectly appreciated.

The tendencies of children to torture animals need checking, and vivisection under the sanction of instruction is, with them on the whole, liable to do harm rather than good.

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