Defining Animals

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.27C

Biomedical science backers and animal-welfare groups are preparing for a congressional scuffle over research rodents. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture moved to regulate the use of laboratory rats, mice, and birds, which constitute 95% of all research animals, after activists won a lawsuit. But Congress temporarily blocked the rules at the behest of some research groups, who said regulation would be too expensive (Science, 13 October 2000, p. 243). Animal-welfare groups are mobilizing against a push to permanently block the rules. Predicts one congressional aide: “The fur is going to fly.”

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