PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Gerrymandering the "Ethics" of Animal Research

While it is never morally justified to use other beings for our own purpose, when it comes to the use of other animals in research we employ a gerrymandered set of “ethics” in considering the interests of others. We use ourselves as a standard. But the more research we do the more we discover that other animals share ethically relevant characteristics with us. I explore the moral and logical inconsistencies in science and how the very act of doing research on other animals is pulling us to the inescapable conclusion that we should not be using them in this way.

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Lori Marino    
The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

 

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