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The Ethics of Animal Research: Exploring the Controversy

Jeremy R. Garrett


An estimated 100 million nonhuman vertebrates worldwide—including primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, rats, and mice—are bred, captured, or otherwise acquired every year for research purposes. Much of this research is seriously detrimental to the welfare of these animals, causing pain, distress, injury, or death. This book explores the ethical controversies that have arisen over animal research, examining closely the complex scientific, philosophical, moral, and legal issues involved. Defenders of animal research face a twofold challenge: they must make a compelling case for the un ... More

Keywords: nonhuman vertebrates, ethical controversies, animal research, moral theory, biotechnology, primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters

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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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Jeremy R. Garrett, editor

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I Animal Research: Ethical and Scientific Starting Points

2 Ethics and Animal Research

Bernard E. Rollin

II Bringing Moral Theory to Bear on Animal Research

III The Ethics of Animal Research in the New Era of Biotechnology

IV Making Progress in the Debate: Alternative Paths Forward

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