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Philosophical Foundations and Animals in Testing: Concerns and Consequences

2011.08.01

AUTHOR: Katherine Hessler, Director and Clinical Professor, Animal Law Clinic, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis and Clark Law School.
TITLE: Philosophical Foundations and Animals in Testing: Concerns and Consequences

PUBLICATION DATE: 2011
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, August 2011.

ABSTRACT

The first question we ask ourselves when discussing animals in testing is a philosophical one: “Why should we care about them?” The next question is a scientific one: “Is this good and productive science?” The ultimate question we consider regarding research on animals is, “Is it right to experiment on animals, and if so, under what conditions?” In order to address that question we need to understand the legal and moral standing of animals in society. Animals are currently conceived of as property in every country on the planet, available for any use humans deem appropriate. How did this come to be? And how do we assess the outcome of this conception from a modern philosophical and legal perspective?

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