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Ethics in experiments on live cattle: a pragmatic approach

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  • Isabelle Veissier, Frankrig
  • Véronique Deiss, Frankrig
  • Mette S Herskin
  • Emer Kennedy
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  • Kenny Rutherford, Storbritannien
There are ongoing philosophical, moral, and societal debates about experiments on live animals. Along with a consequentialist approach, it may be considered that an action – here an experiment on live animals – is morally acceptable if the knowledge it aims to produce can result in an overall benefit. In other words, it is acceptable if the constraints imposed on the animals involved are outweighed by the larger benefits expected for others (humans or animals). Alternatively, it can be argued that, because animals are sentient beings, they have a right not to be used by others. There may also be points of view in between, considering that animal experimentation is acceptable on the condition that no alternative ways to gain the relevant knowledge are possible and animal suffering is limited as much as possible. What is considered as an important knowledge that justifies experimentation may differ as it refers to individual values. It is not the intention of this chapter to hold a moral debate about animal experimentation (for reviews, see for instance [1], [2]). Rather, we take a pragmatic approach that we
hope will guide experimenters in their decision to undertake an experiment (or not), after having made explicit all arguments for or against that experiment.
TitelMethods in cattle physiology and behaviour research – Recommendations from the SmartCow consortium
RedaktørerSadjad Danesh Mesgaran, René Baumont, Lene Munksgaard, David Humphries, Emer Kennedy, Jan Dijkstra, Richard Dewhurst, Holly Ferguson, Marta Terré, Björn Kuhla
Antal sider13
ForlagLeibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Udgivelsesårjan. 2021
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2021

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