Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?

From Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2010, 5:14.
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Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?

Ray Greek and Jean Greek

Abstract

Animals can be used in many ways in science and scientific research. Given that society values sentient animals and that basic research is not goal oriented, the question is raised: "Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?" We explore this in the context of funding issues, outcomes from basic research, and the position of society as a whole on using sentient animals in research that is not goal oriented. We conclude that the use of sentient animals in basic research cannot be justified in light of society's priorities.

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