European Researchers Grapple With Animal Rights

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Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1604-1606
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1604

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BREMEN-- Last year saw a peak in animal rights extremism in Europe; the heightened tension spurred efforts by researchers conducting animal experiments to blunt the tactics of the extremists and find common ground with moderate animal welfare advocates. These efforts have included government concessions, better PR, and bringing the activists to the meeting table. Although the tensions have abated recently, perhaps in part because of these developments, some say that the movement is only shifting tactics and that its ultimate goal remains the elimination of the use of animals in research.