On the need to redress an inadequacy in animal welfare science: toward an internally coherent framework

Biology and Philosophy 27 (1):73-93 (2012)
The time is ripe for a greater interrogation of assumptions and commitments underlying an emerging common ground on the ethics of animal research as well on the 3 R (replacement, refinement, reduction) approach that parallels, and perhaps even further shapes, it. Recurring pressures to re-evaluate the moral status of some animals in research comes as much from within the relevant sciences as without. It seems incredible, in the light of what we now know of such animals as chimpanzees, to deny that these animals are properly accorded high moral status. Barring the requirement that they be human, it is difficult to see what more animals such as chimpanzees would have to possess to acquire it. If the grounds for ascribing high moral status are to be non-arbitrary and responsive to our best knowledge of those individuals who possess the relevant features, we should expect that a sound ethical experimental science will periodically reassess the moral status of their research subjects as the relevant knowledge demands. We already can observe this reassessment as scientists committed to humane experimental science incorporate discoveries of enrichment tools and techniques into their housing and use of captive research animals. No less should this reassessment include a critical reflection on the possible elevation of moral status of certain research animals in light of what is discovered regarding their morally significant properties, characteristics or capacities, or so I will argue. To do anything short of this threatens the social and moral legitimacy of animal research.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10539-011-9291-1
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,530
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Primate Cognition.Amanda Seed & Michael Tomasello - 2010 - Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (3):407-419.
Deciphering Animal Pain.Colin Allen - 2005 - In Murat Aydede (ed.), Pain: New Essays on Its Nature and the Methodology of Its Study. Cambridge MA: Bradford Book/MIT Press.
Animal Minds, Cognitive Ethology, and Ethics.Colin Allen & Marc Bekoff - 2007 - Journal of Ethics 11 (3):299-317.

View all 26 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Popular Media and Animals.Claire Molloy - 2011 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Is Equal Moral Consideration Really Compatible with Unequal Moral Status?John Rossi - 2010 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 20 (3):251-276.
Aristotle and the Moral Status of Animals.Corinne Painter - 2006 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 13 (2):45-57.
Attitudes to Animals: Views in Animal Welfare.Francine L. Dolins (ed.) - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
19 ( #278,191 of 2,210,802 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #357,944 of 2,210,802 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature