By Gill Langley
This ebook addresses useful and philosophical concerns concerning the use of animals in biomedical study, trying out and educating. It does so with the purpose of offering evidence and arguments to inspire scientists to re-examine their perspectives approximately animal experiments.
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And Ryder, R. (1979). Animals' Rights: A Symposium, Centaur, Fontwell Regan, T. (1983). The Case for Animal Rights, University of California Press, California Regan, T. and Singer, P. (1976). Animal Rights and Human Obligations, PrenticeHall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ Singer, P. (1975). Animal Liberation, Avon, New York Sperlinger, D. (1981 ). Animals in Research: New Perspectives in Animal Experimentation, John Wiley, Chichester 3. ' Charles Darwin (1871). The Descent of Man INTRODUCTION Considerations of pain and suffering have been major determinants of the relationship between humankind and other animals, particularly in the development of legislative definitions of this relationship and, more recently, as the basis for the debate on the moral status of animals.
God, they say, has given us immortal Ill-gotten Gains 25 souls. Our earthly life is not our only life. Beyond the grave there is eternal life-for some, heaven; for others, hell. Animals, alas, have no soul, in this view, and therefore have no life after death either. That, it might be claimed, is the morally relevant diflerence between them and us, and that is why, so it might be inferred, it would be wrong to use humans in Ventricle's research but not wrong to use animals. Only three points will be urged against this position here.
To ascribe inherent value to competent human beings, then, provides us with the theoretical wherewithal to ground Ill-gotten Gains 37 our moral case against using competent human beings, against their will, in research like Ventricle's. WHO HAS INHERENT VALUE? If inherent value could non-arbitrarily be limited to competent humans, then we would have to look elsewhere to resolve the ethical issues involved in using other individuals (for example, primates) in medical research. But inherent value can only be limited to competent human beings by having recourse to one arbitrary manoeuvre or another.
Animal Experimentation: The Consensus Changes by Gill Langley