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Maneka Ghandi, India's leading advocate for reforming the nation's animal welfare facilities, has lost her job after a public feud with the health minister, who was also dropped.

Ironically, the reshuffling comes on the eve of a new system to accredit animal facilities, a key element in Gandhi's campaign to reform the country's 600 animal houses.

S. Chinny Krishna, vice chair of India's Animal Welfare Board, said that although Gandhi's firing is "a set-back … the momentum has been built."

Reference: Science 297, 29 (2002)

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