Sires and Dams: Artificial Insemination Used; Experimenting With Humans; Jockey Club Forbids Practice; Many Vets Fortify Matings, Daily Racing Form, 1944-06-19


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SI RES 6 DAMS By Nelson Dunstan Artificial Insemination Used Experimenting With Humans Jockey Club Forbids Practice Many Vets Fortify Matings MatingsWARRENTON WARRENTON Vat June 17 Of all the scientific postwar problems human and equine there is probably none that will cause more controversy than artificial insemination There has been little said about it but the Family Planning Asso ¬ ciation in England and still other organ ¬ izations who are look Ing ahead are delving into this problem for countries that have been depleted of man ¬ power through losses in war On our way to Virginia tne purpose of which was to look at yearlings to be sold at Meadow Brook we were attracted by an article in the New York Herald Tribune and in which it said One hundred babies had been born by this method and it added there have been many other cases in the United States It is not our purpose to even comment on this practice from the human angle All we know is that some of the most famous physicians in the United States and England have been giv ¬ ing considerable thought to it and are making experiments which when revealed will startle the world It was not so many years ago that a well known Kentucky breeder walked into The Jockey Club on Park Avenue and announced that he had impregnated a number of his mares and would The Jockey Club recognize these artificial matings and grant registration for the American Stud Book BookWhen When the breeder we speak of in ¬ formed Fred Klees registrar of The Jockey Club what he had done Klees immediately passed the infor ¬ mation on to members of The Jockey Club Probably The Jockey Club never met so hurriedly to discuss a problem that had come as a bolt out of the blue They knew of the prog ¬ ress of course of artificial insemi ¬ nation but never before had they been confronted with the question and been called upon to make such a hurried decision If we recall it correctly it was just the next day The Jockey Club announced that any foal conceived as a direct result of artificial insemination would not be eligible for the Stud Book At this point we must explain that artificial insemination means that there was no actual contact between the stal ¬ lion and the broodmare What the breeder had done was to secure the semen of the stallion place it in capsule form and then inject it into the organs of the mare The Jockey Club would not hear of any such process but they did rule that after there had been an actual mating of the stallion and marc there was no objection to fortifying the union bV an artificial injection of the semen of the stallion stallionWhat What we had read in the Herald Trib ¬ une immediately came back to us when just this morning Dr Bill Caslick veteri ¬ narian at North Wales Stud invited us out to the breeding shed to see the famous English race horse Bahram serve a mare Immediately after the service Dr Caslick extracted some of the semen from Bahram placed it in a capsule and then injected it into the organs of the mare Do you do that in every case we asked Dr Cas ¬ lick and his answer was Yes At this sea ¬ son of the year I do Do we take from that you believe in artificial insemina ¬ tion we asked Yes I do he said pro ¬ viding of course it is done immediately after the actual service I do not believe that artificial insemination as such will ever become a universal practice human or equine As far as horses are concerned The Jockey Club has made a very definite ruling They refuse positively the practice of only serving a mare with a capsule con ¬ taining the semen of a stallion and I for one hope they will never change this rul ¬ ing It was obvious that Dr Caslick who Is a brother of the worldfamous Ed Cas ¬ lick of Kentucky had no faith in artificial insemination as it is generally understood but that he did use it as allowed by The Jockey Club to fortify the chances of suc ¬ cess in placing the mare in foal after there had been an actual mating with the stal ¬ lion lionUnder Under normal conditions it is going to tako quite a few genera ¬ tions to bring wartorn countries back to normal Science has ac ¬ complished many wonderful things prior to this war and even more so since Germany went on the march The many famous doctors behind the human experiments have had very little to say although occasional reports of their accomplishments have been released to the general public Those opposed to the practice have been quick to say that the ex ¬ periments have been failures and will be even more so if attempts ara made to put it into general practice fiver since the days Pasteur such claims have been made against the progress of science and only the future itself can determine the suc esf of failure of artificial insemina

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