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April 25, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(17):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430690035003

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The anti-vivisectionists, mainly through the societies to prevent cruelty to animals, usually known as Humane Societies, are actively at work cooperating with the society in Washington to secure by Congress such legislation as will prohibit all laboratory experiments on animals in the District of Columbia. If they succeed in obtaining the enactment of the bill now pending, it will close the biologic laboratories attached to the Surgeon General's Department, the Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture, and Marine Hospital Service, and, stop the investigations now in progress which promise important contributions to the science of medicine. These efforts consist in personal solicitations of members of Congress, the distribution of literature setting forth in startling language the cruelties of medical men in general, and especially of the experimenters, petitions to Congress from the allied organizations throughout the country, and personal letters to members of Congress from their constituents,

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