Legislation proposed to restrict vivisection in the District of Columbia

Legislation is proposed in the U.S. Congress to restrict vivisection in the District of Columbia via a system of regulation and periodic inspection of laboratories. The bill is defeated on the floor of the Senate, in large part due to the debate and argument offered by William Henry Welch, Dean of The Johns Hopkins Medical School and a number of other illustrious scientific and medical opponents. The legislation is proposed again in 1900 (as Senate Bill 34) and is once again defeated.