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Animal research: ups and downs.

Animal research: Ups and downs

Despite intense pressure from animal rights groups and increasingly stringent state and federal regulations governing the use of animals by scientists, many graduate psychology programs are making long-term plans to continue animal research, according to a survey published in the March AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST.

Gordon G. Gallup Jr. and Timothy J. Eddy of the State University of New York at Albany recently compiled questionnaire responses from 207 chairs of graduate psychology departments in the United States.

Of the 197 departments that had maintained animals at some point for research, 168 continued to do so in 1988, a decline of nearly 15 percent. The highest rate of abandoning animal research was reported in the 11 Rocky Mountain states, where seven out of 21 psychology departments that once conducted animal research no longer do so.

On the other hand, 100 of the psychology departments that continued to use animals had renovated their animal facilities within the past five years, and another 25 departments were planning renovations within the next five years. Virtually all of the changes were made to comply with state and federal laws.

Survey responses also indicate that over the past 10 years, the number of animals maintained by departments that conduct animal research has declined slightly.
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Title Annotation:animal experimentation in psychology research
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 17, 1990
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