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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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Animal Rights Advocacy and Modern Medicine: The Charge of Hypocrisy

Animal Rights Advocacy and Modern Medicine: The Charge of Hypocrisy

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The Ethics of Animal Research

Tom Regan

The MIT Press

This chapter is concerned with the issue of moral consistency. It analyzes whether those with strong commitments against animal research can maintain moral integrity while using products that have previously been tested on animals. It shows that animal rights advocates (ARAs) can choose between the Inconsistency Option and the Consistency Option if they are faced with the charge of hypocrisy. This chapter reveals that ARAs must take the charge of hypocrisy seriously. It also suggests that if the post hoc response is an adequate reply, then ARAs who use prescription drugs have an answer to the charge of hypocrisy.

Keywords:   moral consistency, animal research, animal rights advocates, Inconsistency Option, Consistency Option, charge of hypocrisy, prescription drugs

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