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Ethics of Animal Research Exploring the Controversy

ISBN-10: 0262516918
ISBN-13: 9780262516914
Edition: 2012
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Description: An estimated 100 million nonhuman vertebrates worldwide--including primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, rats, and mice--are bred, captured, or otherwise acquired every year for research purposes. Much of this research is seriously  More...

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

An estimated 100 million nonhuman vertebrates worldwide--including primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, rats, and mice--are bred, captured, or otherwise acquired every year for research purposes. Much of this research is seriously detrimental to the welfare of these animals, causing pain, distress, injury, or death. This book explores the ethical controversies that have arisen over animal research, examining closely the complex scientific, philosophical, moral, and legal issues involved. Defenders of animal research face a twofold challenge: they must make a compelling case for the unique benefits offered by animal research; and they must provide a rationale for why these benefits justify treating animal subjects in ways that would be unacceptable for human subjects. This challenge is at the heart of the book. Some contributors argue that it can be met fairly easily; others argue that it can never be met; still others argue that it can sometimes be met, although not necessarily easily. Their essays consider how moral theory can be brought to bear on the practical ethical questions raised by animal research, examine the new challenges raised by the emerging possibilities of biotechnology, and consider how to achieve a more productive dialogue on this polarizing subject. The book's careful blending of theoretical and practical considerations and its balanced arguments make it valuable for instructors as well as for scholars and practitioners.

Jeremy R. Garrett, is a Research Associate at the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center atChildren's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics andAdjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri--Kansas City.

Series Foreword
List of Contributors
The Ethics of Animal Research: An Overview of the Debate
Animal Research: Ethical and Scientific Starting Points
Ethics and Animal Research
The Evolutionary Basis for Animal Research
Bringing Moral Theory to Bear on Animal Research
Defending Animal Research: An International Perspective
Animal Experimentation, Marginal Cases, and the Significance of Suffering
Lives in the Balance: Utilitarianism and Animal Research
Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection
Virtue, Vice, and Vivisection
Contractarianism, Animals, and Risk
The Ethics of Animal Research in the New Era of Biotechnology
Ethical Issues Concerning Transgenic Animals in Biomedical Research
Casuistry and the Moral Continuum: Evaluating Animal Biotechnology
Making Progress in the Debate: Alternative Paths Forward
Debating the Value of Animal Research
The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation
Rational Engagement, Emotional Response, and the Prospects for Moral Progress in Animal Use "Debates"
Animal Rights Advocacy and Modern Medicine: The Charge of Hypocrisy
We're All Animals: A Feminist Treatment of the Moral Limits of Nonhuman Animal Research

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