Excerpt from Vivisection, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the District of Columbia: February 21, 1900, on the Bill (S. 34) For the Further Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the District of Columbia
We first gathered together millions of young ticks and fed them to cattle without producing disease. We tried to take ticks from the Southern cattle and place them upon susceptible animals, but we found it was not their nature to leave one animal to go to another. After they have once fixed themselves to the skin they remain there until they become mature and are ready to drop to the ground, lay their eggs, and die. We had, therefore, proved that the disease was not caused by taking ticks into the digestive organs, nor by the direct transfer of contagion from animal to animal by the ticks. If this pro posed law had been in force and disease had resulted, the investigator would have been subject to the penalty therein provided, since these are not inoculation experiments, and it is impossible to keep the ani mals under anaesthetics during the whole time of the experiment.
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