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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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The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation

The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation

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(p.215) 13 The Commonsense Case against Animal Experimentation
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The Ethics of Animal Research
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Mylan Engel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.003.0013

This chapter challenges those who would reject the conclusions of opponents of animal research. It addresses that all ethical theories have weaknesses. It shows that even if one only cared about humans and their well-being, one would still have good reason to oppose using animals in biomedical research. It determines several commonsense moral principles. Then, it uses these principles to develop an ethical consistency argument designed to show that using animals as test subjects in biomedical research is wrong. This chapter suggests that there is no good reason to use a research protocol as notoriously unreliable as animal-based biomedical research.

Keywords:   animal research, ethical theories, biomedical research, commonsense moral principles, humans

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