Animal Rights.Group Affiliates With AAAS

That elusive middle ground in the bitterly polarized debate over the use of animals in research may finally be emerging. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, after a close vote at its recent annual meeting, agreed to admit the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) as an affiliate and give it a voice in the affairs of the association. Although there are nearly 300 science-related organizations that have such a relationship with AAAS, SCAW is the only group devoted exclusively to improving the care and treatment of lab animals. The decision to admit SCAW was not made lightly, however... An amendment to delay the vote one year was defeated 29-25 before a show of hands granted SCAW affiliate status. More significant, perhaps, is the fact that the sections with biomedical interests were split on the issue; Biological and Medical Sciences lobbied for the...

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