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May 1984

Animal Experimentation: The Jewish View

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine Queens Hospital Center Long Island Jewish—Hillside Medical Center 82-68 164th St Jamaica, NY 11432

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(5):927-928. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350170063010

The use of animals for research and teaching is an issue of great concern in the United States. In Britain, the 1876 Cruelty to Animals Act, still in effect, permits the government to license scientists, to regulate experimentation, and to carry out inspections. The act will be replaced and updated as soon as final agreement is reached on animal experiments. Animal protection groups continue to raise the consciousness and concerns about the humane treatment of experimental animals. These groups are concerned with the moral rights of animals not to be used as subjects for experiments. Scientists have become concerned with the ethical responsibility for the humane treatment of animals in experimentation. There is a delicate balance between scientists and animal protectionists, neither side is able to convince the other fully of the absolute merits of each other's positions and views.

Jewish law not only forbids cruelty to animals but also

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