Organizations supporting and opposing use of lab animals will make major efforts to win the hearts of U.S. schoolchildren

As a new year dawns, the fierce duel over whether animals should be used for laboratory experiments and medical education enters a new phase. Both camps--on one side, groups that defend animal rights; on the other, those who want to uphold the use of animals in biomedical researchsay they will intensify the fight for the allegiance of future generations by targeting the nation's elementary and high school classrooms.

Organizations dedicated to both causes plan to advance their particular viewpoints in the new year by creating and distributing to American schoolchildren materials ranging from simple coloring books to complex curriculum supplements.

Both factions in this ideological battle over the use of animals are well funded and show long-term commitment to their respective causes. Raw statistics indicate that the army of animal protection...

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