Groups Sue to Tighten Oversight of Rodents

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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 767-769
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.767b

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A coalition of animal rights advocates--including three academic scientists and a biomedical supply company--announced this week that it will go to federal court to force the U.S. government to redefine mice, rats, and some birds as animals under a major animal protection law. The change is needed, they argue, to bring the country's most widely used experimental animals under federal regulations that require researchers to consider alternatives.