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The Ethics of Animal ResearchExploring the Controversy$
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Jeremy R. Garrett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017060

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.001.0001

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Debating the Value of Animal Research

Debating the Value of Animal Research

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The Ethics of Animal Research

Andrew Rowan

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This chapter highlights at least one additional source of potential common ground: by better defining and assessing animal distress, researchers could likely reduce such distress and also improve the quality of research results. It analyzes some of the issues that arise in attempts to assess the “value” and “costs” of animal research and describes some of the criticisms of a reliance on animal studies to advance biomedical knowledge and therapies. It argues that the techniques for measuring either the benefits or the costs of animal research are too crude to produce a clear “for-or-against” answer. This chapter suggests that assessing costs (in terms of distress and suffering) is extraordinarily difficult and there has been very little serious scholarship on the question of the “costs” of animal research.

Keywords:   animal research, costs, animal distress, suffering, value, animal studies

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