Animal Experimentation: The Moral Issues / Edition 1

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The direct mail campaigns of powerful animal rights lobbies and their guerrilla tactics against animal laboratories certainly demonstrate where they stand. Equally compelling are those who argue that medical progress and consumer safety are significantly enhanced by research using animals. This balanced collection focuses attention on the clash of opposing positions in this national debate, whose intensity is sure to weigh heavy on society as demands for more research make the need for rational, informed discussion all the more urgent.

Presents articles debating the use of animals in scientific research.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two titles fall under the sociology category; they focus on the philosophy and ethics of animal issues rather than on the animals themselves. Not necessarily directed toward animal lovers, both volumes will attract students of philosophy, social science, and history. Animals and Society , which has a British slant, traces the social history of the animal rights movement from medieval days to the present. Tester examines the entire issue of animal rights in the light of historical sociology, quoting liberally from the works of social scientists such as Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Peter Singer. He argues that human attitudes toward animals are an invention that says more about humans than about animals. Animal Experimentation is a collection of essays discussing the use of animals for experimental purposes from both sides of the issue. The editors address the philosophical question, ``Do we have moral responsibilities toward animals?'' Included are views of animal rights activists and responses to those views; a defense of the use of animals for research and a critique of same; a statement by deans of medical schools with proposals regarding the conditions of animals used in experimentation; and a final essay challenging assumptions on both sides. Both volumes are well written and documented. Animal Experimentation would be useful in academic and large public libraries, while Tester's more scholarly volume would find its best audience in academic libraries.-- Deborah Emerson, Monroe Com munity Coll., Rochester, N.Y.
School Library Journal
YA-- Informative and thought-provoking. All sides of the issue from moral philosophy, speciesism, and animal suffering, to proposals for legislation, current medical research, and animal-activist groups are explored. Well-known animal-rights activists are represented, as well as supporters of animal experimentation. Easy to read, well referenced, and well organized.
A balanced collection of 16 essays. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879756673
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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