The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice / Edition 1

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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 a framework 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Sixteen original, previously unpublished essays cover controversies associated with the human use of animals in a broad range of contexts, including biomedical, behavioral, and wildlife research,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 religious practices. 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 to elevate 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 the animal protection movement, and members of animal protection organizations and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association
I would recommend The Human Use of Animals as an excellent resource for a broad range of audiences, including students, community activists, policymakers, members of institutional animal care committees, and anyone asked to write about, discuss, or debate the issues related to animal welfare and experimentation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195119084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Barbara Orlans, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Tom L. Beauchamp, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.
Rebecca Dresser, J.D., holds a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Law and the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
David B. Morton, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., M.R.C.V.S., is Professor of Biomedical Science and Biomedical Ethics at the University of Birmingham, England.
John P. Gluck, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 Moral Issues about Animals 3
II Biomedical Research
2 Baboon-Human Liver Transplants: The Pittsburgh Case 55
3 Head Injury Experiments on Primates at the University of Pennsylvania 71
4 Patenting Animals: The Harvard "Oncomouse" 89
5 What Does the Public Have a Right to Know? 103
III Cosmetic Safety Testing
6 Beauty Without the Beast 121
IV Behavioral Research
7 Apes and Language: Washoe and Her Successors 139
8 Can Animal Aggression Be Studied in an Ethical Manner? 155
9 Monkeys Without Mothers 171
V Wildlife Research
10 The Death of a Vagrant Bird 191
VI Education
11 Dissection of Frogs: The Jenifer Graham Case 209
VII Food and Farming
12 Force-Feeding of Geese 227
13 Veal Crates and Human Palates 241
14 Fowl Deeds 255
VIII Companion Animals
15 Should the Tail Wag the Dog? 273
16 Where Should Research Scientists Get Their Dogs? 289
IX Religious Rites
17 Animal Sacrifice as Religious Ritual: The Santeria Case 307
Index 321
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