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The Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Animals and Public Policy, sponsored an invitational seminar, The Value and Utility of Animals in Research, on October 14, 1993, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This seminar was the second in a series of three organized by the Center for Animals and Public Policy and supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts to deal with issues relating to the use of animals in research. The first seminar, Biology Education and Animals: Opportunities and Issues, was held in the spring of 1993. The third meeting, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 1994, coincided with the Center's release of The Animal Research Controversy, Protest, Process and Public Policy, an in-depth report prepared by the Center on the status of research animals.

For this second seminar on the usefulness of animals in research, the Center brought together twenty representatives of animal protection organizations, animal welfare publications and universities as well as medical historians and defenders of animal research. The intent of this seminar was not to debate the moral questions involved, but to examine the technical arguments being put forth by animal activists and their opponents about the value (or lack of value) of animal use in research.


This publication is produced by the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy and the contents do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of all who attended the seminar. Speakers had the opportunity to review and correct presentations and comments attributed to them before completion of the final draft. A synopsis of each discussion period is included although the identities of the questioners and commentors are not necessarily provided.