Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Spring 1995, Vol. 6 No. 1 *************************


In AWIC Newsletter, Vol.5 #4, Winter 1994-1995, an item on military Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) appeared on page 8 as a sidebar to the article "Appointing Animal Protectionists to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees" by Lisa Hara Levin, DVM, and Martin Stephens, PhD, of the Humane Society of the United States. Some concern has been raised over the statement "In fact, the DoD [Department of Defense] Inspector General (IG) found that over one-third of the DoD facilities in question had non-affiliated members (NAMs) who were actually affiliated with the institutions." The DoD report states that at "13 other facilities [of 36 facilities inspected], the non-affiliated member is associated with the military installation where the research facility is located, but has no affiliation with the research industry, such as a military chaplain or a military lawyer." It is the belief of the DoD IG that this meets the intent of the Animal Welfare Act and provides balanced representation to the IACUC.

To obtain copies of the report--Review of the Use of Animals in Department of Defense Medical Research Facilities-- or a similar report--Review of the Use of Animals in Department of Defense Contract Research Facilities--contact the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, Program Evaluation Directorate, Room 701, 400 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202-2884.

This article appeared in the Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 1995

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