The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice

The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice

The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice

The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice

Synopsis

The first set of case studies on animal use, this volume offers a thorough, up-to-date exploration of the moral issues related to animal welfare. Its main purpose is to examine how far it is ethically justifiable to harm animals in order to benefit mankind. An excellent introduction provides aframework for the cases and sets the background of philosophical and moral concepts underlying the subject.Sixteen original, previously unpublished essays cover controversies associated with the human use of animals in a broad range of contexts, including biomedical, behavioral, and wildlife research, cosmetic safety testing, education, the food industry, commerce, and animal use as pets and in religiouspractices. Scientific research is accorded the closest scrutiny. The authors represent a wide range of expertise within their specialized areas of research--physiology, public policy, ethics, philosophy, law, veterinary science, and psychology. The careful analysis of each case makes it possible toelevate the discourse beyond over-simplified positions, and to demonstrate the complexity of the issues. The Human Use of Animals will be welcomed by students and faculty in law, philosophy, ethics, public policy, religion, medicine, and veterinary medicine. It will also interest activists in theanimal protection movement, and members of animal protection organizations and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.

Excerpt

This book is the first volume of case studies devoted to the ethical issues of human interactions with animals. The sixteen cases that follow the introduction cover biomedical research, cosmetic safety testing, behavioral research, wildlife research, educational teaching, food and farming, companion animals, and religious rites. Each case develops the facts of the narrative together with an analysis of the ethical issues. The number of cases dealing with the use of animals in various types of research reflects what the authors believe to be the high level of public interest in this area.

The introduction provides an overview of the central moral issues present in many of the later cases. It discusses differing views about ethics and professional ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal minds, the relevance of evolutionary biology, committee review of research protocols, the justification of animal research and possible alternatives, types of moral philosophy, and case study analysis as a method of study in ethics. Cross-references between the introduction and the individual case studies are provided for the guidance of readers.

Each of the five authors to this book comes from a different disciplinary background: physiology, philosophy, law, veterinary medicine, and psychology. The authors are also almost evenly split in national origins: three from the United States and two from the United Kingdom. Each author has read, com-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.