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The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Donna Yarri

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181791
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195181794.001.0001

Series: AAR Academy Series

The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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The ethical treatment of animals is one of serious academic interest today. Specifically, both the practice of animal experimentation and ethical concerns about it have a long history, going virtually back to the ancient Greek period and continuing to the present day. With new breakthroughs in science and technology, it is likely that this practice will be with us for a long time to come. Thus, this book provides an interdisciplinary approach to the topic by utilizing the insights of cognitive ethology, philosophy, science, and Christian theology in order to present a benign approach to the ethical treatment of experimental animals. The reality and existence of animal minds, animal pain, and animal suffering provide the foundation for animal rights, and subsequently, for more positive treatment. Concrete suggestions are offered with regard to more humane animal legislation, improved animal husbandry conditions, as well as concrete guidelines that offset the burdens to animals against the benefits to humans. The ultimate result is a more humane practice in experimentation, modeled somewhat on the practice of pet keeping, in which experimental animals are viewed not only as having instrumental value but intrinsic value as well.

Keywords: animals; animal experimentation; animal minds; animal rights; animal pain; animal suffering; animal legislation; experimentation; Christian theology; ethical treatment of animals

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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Introduction in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Nature of the Problem in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Animal Minds in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Animal Pain in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Animal Rights in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Christian Theology in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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Burden/Benefit Analysis in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

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