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AAAS:
In Support of Animal Experimentation

Whereas, from time to time, attempts fostered largely by erroneous statements and accusations and false sentiment and prejudice, are made in some parts of this country to enact specific legislation, prescribing the conditions under which experiments on animals may or may not be performed; be it

A. Resolved by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that animal experimentation has been of incalculable benefit to medical science and art, the progress of which is absolutely dependent on experimental methods as are all the physical and natural sciences.

B. Resolved, that no abuse of the practice of animal experimentation in this country has been shown to exist to warrant specific legislation to this end, as distinguished from legislation relating to the general subject of prevention to cruelty to animals.

Resolved, by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that the unrestricted performance by proper persons of scientific experiments on living animals is essential to the maintenance and progress of medicine and biology.

[Adopted by the AAAS Council, December 31, 1908.]