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Compassion for animals in the laboratory: impairment or refinement of research methodology.

Reinhardt, V

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 6(2), 123-130 (2003).

There are now signs in the United States as well as in Europe that the importance of a positive human-nonhuman relationship in research laboratories is appreciated more seriously. In addition knowledge and skills, primary attributes of animal research personnel must be feelings of compassion and sensitivity toward animals to safeguard the reliability of sceintific research data.