ERIC Number: ED416075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Companion Animals. [Information Packet.]
National Anti-Vivisection Society, Chicago, IL.
This collection of articles reprinted from other National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) publications was compiled to educate the public on issues of importance to NAVS concerning companion animals. Topics covered include spaying and neutering, animal safety, pet theft, and the use of cats and dogs in research. The article on spaying and neutering presents some basic facts about population control in cats and dogs, benefits of surgically sterilizing pets, and early (prepubertal) sterilization. It states that in cats, population control should focus on cats four years of age and younger which produce 90% of kittens in human care while in dogs, euthanasia is not an issue of overpopulation but of aberrant caretaking which leads to euthanasia. The article on animal safety addresses confinement and identification systems to keep animals from getting lost. It contains warnings about leaving animals unsupervised to become targets for pet thieves. Two other articles devoted entirely to pet theft discuss the federal government's failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, particularly the recordkeeping requirements for animal brokers who obtain animals from random sources. Those articles addressing the use of cats and dogs for research purposes discuss the histories of the animals as well as scientific arguments against animal experimentation. (PVD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Laboratory Animals, Medical Research, Pets, Science Education, Stealing, Veterinary Medicine
National Anti-Vivisection Society, 53 W. Jackson, Suite 1552, Chicago, IL 60604.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Anti-Vivisection Society, Chicago, IL.