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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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Defending Animal Research: An International Perspective

Defending Animal Research: An International Perspective

(p.53) 4 Defending Animal Research: An International Perspective
The Ethics of Animal Research

Baruch A. Brody

The MIT Press

This chapter addresses the reasonable pro-research position on animal research. It reviews several potential candidates for a defense of (at least some) animal research, ultimately decreasing the field to two broad positions: the lexical priority view and the discounting view. It shows that those who want a reasonable pro-research position to incorporate the widely adopted 3R program should find the discounting approach more plausible than the lexical priority approach. It then develops an approach to justifying discounting.

Keywords:   animal research, lexical priority approach, discounting approach, reasonable pro-research position, 3R program

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