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A rat is a pig: The significance of species

Larry Carbone

in What Animals Want

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195161960
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161960.003.0004
 A rat is a pig: The significance of species

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This chapter discusses the significance of animal species in laboratory animal policy debates. Various species have one or more different identities in our society — the faithful dog, the intelligent but untamed monkeys, the small defenseless mouse cum vermin — that have played into anti-and pro-vivisection propaganda. It is argued that different species identities, a blend of real facts about the animals as well as our cultural constructs, fit better or worse with shifting moral philosophies of rights, contractarian reciprocity, or feminist ethics of care.

Keywords: animal species; laboratory animal policy; animal welfare; philosophies of ethics; animal rights

Chapter.  13847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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