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Animal Rights Amendment Defeated

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Science  21 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5465, pp. 411-413
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5465.411b

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German scientists who experiment on laboratory animals can breathe a bit easier--for now. On 13 April Germany's lower house of parliament narrowly defeated an effort to amend the nation's constitution to guarantee animal welfare. Such an amendment could have led to court challenges of much of the country's lab-animal research.