On November 23, 1981, in a Maryland District Court, Dr. Edward Taub was found guilty under a Maryland state anti-cruelty statute of not providing adequate veterinary care for 6 of the 17 monkeys confiscated from his laboratory two months earlier. The case has received extensive press coverage and caused widespread alarm in the scientific community. According to Science (274:121, 1981 ), "scientists throughout the country have been shocked by the Taub case, initially perceiving it as a bid by antivivisectionists to procure a court ruling against animal experimentation." Taub has fostered this impression and has drawn a false analogy between his predicament ("victimization") and the persecution of scientists by religious authorities in the Middle Ages.
Rowan, Andrew N.
"The Silver Spring 17,"
International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems: Vol. 3:
3, Article 14.
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