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Animal Experimentation in Biomedical Research

Hugh LaFollette

in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371963
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195371963.013.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Animal Experimentation in Biomedical Research

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This article discusses the conditions under which it is permissible and advisable to use animals in biomedical experimentation. The “Common View” is that there are moral limits on what we can do to nonhuman animals, but humans can use them when doing so advances significant human interests. This view entails that animals have some moral status, but not a demandingly high status. The idea also states that most people believe that medical experiments using animals do wind up benefiting humans. The “Lenient View” holds that even if animals have moral worth, their worth is so slight that humans can use them virtually any way we wish. The “Demanding View” holds that the moral worth of animals is so high that it bars virtually all uses of animals in biomedical research.

Keywords: biomedical experimentation; moral limits; human interests; moral status

Article.  14280 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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