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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 Experimentation, Marginal Cases, and the Significance of Suffering

Animal Experimentation, Marginal Cases, and the Significance of Suffering

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The Ethics of Animal Research

Alastair Norcross

The MIT Press

This chapter explains that few people would sanction using any humans, even severely cognitively-impaired orphans, in animal research. It explores the different responses that the fictional case of Carl and the actual case of most animal experiments elicit from most people. This chapter reveals that the example of Carl and the mentally disabled orphans illustrates one of the most serious challenges to the defense of the superior moral status of all humans. It suggests that any attempt to justify the attribution of a superior moral status to humans by appealing to morally relevant differences in natural properties between humans and animals will fail.

Keywords:   mentally disabled orphans, Carl, superior moral status, humans, animal research

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