“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)

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Date: 21 Feb 2018 / Venue:

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at heathd@liverpool.ac.uk

Website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/history/

About the event

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.

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