The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice

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Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Medical - 330 pages
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The first set of case studies on animal use, this volume offers a thorough, up-to-date exploration of the moral issues related to animal welfare. Its main purpose is to examine how far it is ethically justifiable to harm animals in order to benefit mankind. An excellent introduction provides aframework for the cases and sets the background of philosophical and moral concepts underlying the subject.Sixteen original, previously unpublished essays cover controversies associated with the human use of animals in a broad range of contexts, including biomedical, behavioral, and wildlife research, cosmetic safety testing, education, the food industry, commerce, and animal use as pets and in religiouspractices. Scientific research is accorded the closest scrutiny. The authors represent a wide range of expertise within their specialized areas of research--physiology, public policy, ethics, philosophy, law, veterinary science, and psychology. The careful analysis of each case makes it possible toelevate the discourse beyond over-simplified positions, and to demonstrate the complexity of the issues. The Human Use of Animals will be welcomed by students and faculty in law, philosophy, ethics, public policy, religion, medicine, and veterinary medicine. It will also interest activists in theanimal protection movement, and members of animal protection organizations and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.

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F. Barbara Orlans is at Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Tom L. Beauchamp is at Georgetown University. Rebecca Dresser is at Case Western Reserve University. David B. Morton is at University of Birmingham. John P. Gluck is at University of New Mexico.

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