“Heroic Collaboration or Scientific Sacrifice? Dogs and the Health of the American Nation, 1940-1966” — Edmund Ramsden (Queen Mary) and Dr Robert Kirk (University of Manchester)

3:30pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday 21st February 2018
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: History Seminar Series
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This paper will examine the antivivisectionist campaign and the medical professions’ response to it in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1940s and ‘50s, particularly its recasting of the human-dog relationship as the heroic sacrifice of one species for the good of another.

One dog, named Anna, came to symbolize and embody canine heroic sacrifice, and became a model for national campaigns, conducted at state level, designed to create a favourable legal climate for animal experimentation.

By reconstructing the story of Anna, we will show that the canine hero's active role in helping medical science accrue favourable city and state-level legislation was a critical component in shifting antivivisectionist resistance to animal experimentation to the Federal level, ultimately resulting in the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.