Donna Yarri

in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181791
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835744 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series


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The ultimate goal in animal experimentation is not necessarily to eliminate all experiments, but rather to establish a benign ethic for its practice. An interim ethic is described, which includes changes in current animal legislation, specifically with regard to the Animal Welfare Act. Paying attention to animal husbandry conditions and utilizing preference tests can go a long way in establishing a more humane practice of animal experimentation. Finally, the idea of pet keeping is offered as a model for treating experimental animals much as we would pets. The result would be a movement away from simply an instrumental and often harmful use of animals, to one which is based on the intrinsic value of animals.

Keywords: animal experimentation; pet keeping; pets; animal legislation; Animal Welfare Act; animal husbandry; preference tests; interim ethic

Chapter.  1891 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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