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Animals in Research: The American Medical Association's Position

Robert A. Petersen, MD
JAMA. 1990;263(13):1766. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440130046017.
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To the Editor.—  I am a full-time academic physician and I basically support the use of animals in research to benefit both other animals and humans. However, I think that the American Medical Association has gone too far in supporting all forms of animal experimentation and testing. An example of this extreme position that the American Medical Association seems to be taking is the article by Loeb et al.1 There are many forms of animal experimentation and use of animals for testing that are a needless waste of life and cause of animal suffering. I think the interests of bona fide medical research using animals would be better served if the American Medical Association did not indiscriminately support all uses of animals, however cruel and useless. I can see an analogy between the American Medical Association's position on animal testing and the National Rifle Association's position on gun

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