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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.3 Issue Files -- Animal Welfare, 1989-1992

+ Series I.C.3. -- Scope and Content Note
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Extent: .25 linear ft.

Box: 28

Contents: Correspondence, bulletins, reports, news clippings, testimonies.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.


The Animal Welfare files focus primarily on issues involving the use of animals in laboratory and biomedical research. Other phenomena touched upon include inhumane trapping of animals, canned hunts, and the contrasting philosophies of animal protection and animal control.

Documentation of the 1989 Silver Spring Monkey case, probably one of the more infamous cases involving use of animals in lab research, is contained in the files. In this case, monkeys at a lab in Silver Spring, Maryland, were used for spinal cord and stroke injury research by having nerves severed in their limbs. They were then observed to see if and how they would be able to regain use of the limbs. News of the experiment generated public outcry and the lab was closed. The monkeys were shipped to labs in Louisiana and Texas, where some of them ultimately died. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was actively involved in prosecution of the scientists in this case. There are conflicting reports about the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in this case, and the care given by the labs where the monkeys were sent. Many articles and editorials illustrate the notoriety of the incident at the time.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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