The Ethics of Animal Research: Exploring the Controversy [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology

The volume as a whole does a thorough job of arguing that the problem is a real one,
given what our current practices of biomedical research on animals mean both for them and for us.

J Value Inquiry - David DeGrazia

As I complete my overview of the book's sixteen chapters, I find myself marveling at how much good work was included in a medium-sized anthology. This is an outstanding contribution. If there is a better, more helpful collection of essays on the ethics of animal research, I certainly have not encountered it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262300858
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 356
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

List of Contributors xi

1 The Ethics of Animal Research: An Overview of the Debate Jeremy R. Garrett 1

I Animal Research: Ethical and Scientific Starting Points 17

2 Ethics and Animal Research Bernard E. Rollin 19

3 The Evolutionary Basis for Animal Research Stephen P. Schiffer 31

II Bringing Moral Theory to Bear on Animal Research 51

4 Defending Animal Research: An International Perspective Baruch A. Brody 53

5 Animal Experimentation, Marginal Cases, and the Significance of Suffering Alastair Norcross 67

6 Lives in the Balance: Utilitarianism and Animal Research Robert Bass 81

7 Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection Tom Regan 107

8 Virtue, Vice, and Vivisection Garret Merriam 125

9 Contractarianism, Animals, and Risk Mark Rowlands 147

III The Ethics of Animal Research in the New Era of Biotechnology 167

10 Ethical Issues Concerning Transgenic Animals in Biomedical Research David B. Resnik 169

11 Casuistry and the Moral Continuum: Evaluating Animal Biotechnology Autumn Fiester 181

IV Making Progress in the Debate: Alternative Paths Forward 195

12 Debating the Value of Animal Research Andrew Rowan 197

13 The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation Mylan Engel Jr. 215

14 Rational Engagement, Emotional Response, and the Prospects for Moral Progress in Animal Use "Debates" Nathan Nobis 237

15 Animal Rights Advocacy and Modern Medicine: The Charge of Hypocrisy Tom Regan 267

16 We're All Animals: A Feminist Treatment of the Moral Limits of Nonhuman Animal Research Christina M. Bellon 293

Index 327

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