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July 26, 1965

Research Groups Support 'Constructive' Federal Legislation on Animal Care

JAMA. 1965;193(4):33-36. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090040083038

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For the first time, the scientific community has come up with a unified stand—support for a constructive alternative to proposed federal legislation that will impede research with laboratory animals."

This was the statement of Maurice B. Visscher, MD, president of the National Society for Medical Research, as he announced the society's endorsement of HR 5191 following a board of directors meeting July 2 in Chicago.

The bill, introduced in Congress in February, provides for federal support for further advancement "of the already high standards of humane care... of laboratory animals used in scientific study," according to Visscher.

The society, a federation of 1,182 national, state, and local scientific, educational, and civic organizations and institutions in the United States, opposes other legislation concerning animal care proposed in the 89th Congress.

Four Resolutions  Visscher and John S. Hirschboeck, MD, vice-president of both the NSMR and Marquette University School of Medicine, Milwaukee, said

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