Ethical Gerrymandering in Science

Journal of Animal Ethics 1 (2):119-121 (2011)


Satz posed the term "legal gerrymandering for human interest," referring to the redrawing of the natural baseline of protections for other animals to further human use of them. One of the domains where this exists most clearly is in scientific research on animal models. An animal model is sufficiently like humans in anatomy, physiology, or psychology to be used in research considered too harmful or risky for humans. I argue that the use of animal models is, by its very nature, ethical gerrymandering and a corruption of the self-correcting component of the scientific process.

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