Regulation within the scientific community to assure proper laboratory animal care and experimentation is more satisfactory than proposed punitive and restrictive federal legislation, a New York medical school investigator attending the Animal Care Panel (ACP) in New York told The Journal.
L. R. Christensen, PhD, New York Medical Center, director of Berg Institute and associate professor of pathology, said, "The panel hopes that federal legislation will not be passed because of the restrictive—rather than constructive—approach of recent bills in Congress."
Christensen referred to ten bills introduced in the House and Senate that would provide varying degrees of federal control over use of research animals in projects financed by federal grants. No action had been taken on any of the bills when the 88th Congress adjourned on Oct 3. Christensen said he expected some similar bills to be introduced in the next session of Congress.
Among other provisions, the proposed legislation