Animal Experimentation: A Guide to the Issues / Edition 2

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What are the moral and ethical dimensions of animal research? What obligations do we have toward our animal subjects?

In this important new book, students, researchers, and interested general readers will find a non-intimidating, readily comprehensible introduction to all the principal ethical issues and arguments in the animal experimentation debate. Vaughn Monamy covers the history and ethics of experimentation; discusses the moral status of animals and the obligations of researchers; and introduces alternatives to animal research. He does justice to both the arguments that support and oppose animal experimentation, making this a balanced and objective study of a critical issue in contemporary biomedical science.

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Editorial Reviews

Monamy (Australian Catholic University) introduces life science students to the major issues that constitute modern debate about animal experimentation, providing a balanced treatment of ethics, law and regulation, history, opposition and alternatives related to animal-based research. The origins of western vivisection are traced, some of the advances in human welfare made possible by experiments on animals are described, and the principal moral objections are reviewed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'… a 'must-read' for any student or scientist involved in animal experimentation at any level.' Michael Brands, University of Mississippi Medical Center

'… a clear, concise introduction to the major elements of the debate surrounding animal experimentation … Monamy's comprehensible text will appeal to the lay person, student and scientist alike.' Tessa Smith, Biologist

'… a thoughtful consideration of both the pros and cons of animal research … an excellent guide to the issues that face current teachers of biology and biomedical science.' Asif A. Ghazanfar, Animal Behaviour

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521703482
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 947,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Vaughan Monamy is a senior lecturer in environmental science and environmental ethics at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. In 2007 he was awarded an Australian Government Carrick Institute Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, as well as his university's annual Excellence in Teaching award.
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Table of Contents

1 Issues in animal experimentation 1

2 A history of animal experimentation 8

3 Opposition to animal experimentation 15

4 The moral status of animals 35

5 Animal use 58

6 The regulation of experiments 64

7 Seeking alternatives 74

8 Conclusions 98

Ethical guidelines for students in laboratory classes involving the use of animals or animal tissues 102

References 104

Index 113

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