Animal rights and animal experiments: An interest-based approach

Res Publica 13 (3):293-318 (2007)
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This paper examines whether non-human animals have a moral right not to be experimented upon. It adopts a Razian conception of rights, whereby an individual possesses a right if an interest of that individual is sufficient to impose a duty on another. To ascertain whether animals have a right not to be experimented on, three interests are examined which might found such a right: the interest in not suffering, the interest in staying alive, and the interest in being free. It is argued that while the first two of these interests are sufficient to ground animal rights against being killed and made to suffer by experiments, the interest in freedom does not ground a general animal right not to be used in experimentation.
Keywords animals  autonomy  continued life  experiments  freedom  interests  prudential value  rights  sentience  suffering  well-being
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-007-9037-8
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