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The Middle Ground in Animal Rights

Through developing principles governing specific aspects of research, professional and regulatory groups are now formulating standards and procedures to ensure that laboratory animals are treated humanely. The overall aim is not to halt all animal research but rather to refine experiments to minimize animal pain, suffering, and distress; to reduce the number of animals used; and to replace animals with insentient material....

It is unfortunate that the search for moderate reform in animal research is so often ignored in favor of the more flamboyant arguments at either extreme. Most members of our society believe that there are morally important differences between humans and animals, but few would argue that these differences bestow on humans complete freedom in their treatment of animals. The real challenge lies in determining an ethically defensible intermediate position regarding our...

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