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Sept 7, 1963


JAMA. 1963;185(10):778-779. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060100058020

All physicians, veterinarians, dentists, experimentalists in biology, and other persons interested in the health sciences should be actively concerned about the eight bills introduced into Congress in 1963 pertaining to laboratory animals, and about the rising tide of adverse publicity regarding the humane care of animals based on half-truths, distortions, and omissions of fact. This movement ( neo-antivivisectionism ) appears to be a rebirth of the antivivisectionist cult that flourished briefly early in the 20th century.

The July 1 issue of the Saturday Review contained opinionated commentary by Cleveland Amory, a director of a so-called humane society, which implied that animals routinely are poorly cared for in the scientific laboratory. Such could not be further from the truth. Accurate, reproducible, scientific experiments require use of healthy laboratory animals which give normal, standard reactions uncomplicated by disease or abnormal fear responses.

In recounting specific examples purporting to show cruelty, the Saturday Review commentary