The purpose of this workshop is to talk to representatives of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) about principles and definitions pertaining to the recognition and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals. Several questions are related: An underlying question is: This workshop provides an opportunity for the speakers and members of the audience to engage in a discussion of the definitions of pain, distress, and how one can recognize and alleviate the pain and distress that can occur in the course of using animals in biomedical research as well as in education and testing. The purpose of the workshop is to focus on the proposed wording for the USDA to use in writing regulations that will implement the Animal Welfare Act. Because the Animal Welfare Act contains the phrase “pain and distress,” the USDA must define those terms to implement the act.
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