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Thomas R. Carper
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I.C.3 Issue Files -- Animal Welfare, 1989-1992
Series I.C.3. -- Scope and Content Note
Series I.C.3. -- Contents List
Extent: .25 linear ft.
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
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.
Contents List for Series I.C.3. Issue Files--Animal Welfare
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citation and reference information
Thomas R. Carper
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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