The Ethics of Animal Research: Two Views

THE CASE FOR ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective. Michael Allen Fox. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1986. 276 pp. $18.95. BURKE Many readers are probably aware of the current resurgence of vocal opposition to the use of animals in scientific research. Though nothing fundamental has changed in the arguments and counter-arguments used by antivivisectionists and scientists, the new wave of anti-research propaganda and fund raising has set into motion legislat

Robert Burke
Oct 19, 1986

THE CASE FOR ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION
An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective.
Michael Allen Fox.
University of California Press, Berkeley, 1986. 276 pp.
$18.95.


BURKE

Many readers are probably aware of the current resurgence of vocal opposition to the use of animals in scientific research. Though nothing fundamental has changed in the arguments and counter-arguments used by antivivisectionists and scientists, the new wave of anti-research propaganda and fund raising has set into motion legislative and regulatory "reforms" that are starting to have a profound impact on the ways in which biomedical and behavioral research will be done (or not done) in North America and in Europe.

When confronted with the antivivisectionist charge that animal research is inherently immoral, the defenders of research usually counter that animal use is essential for continued progress in knowledge and, consequently, in health care for humans and animals alike. Although there is an abundance of evidence backing...