The Ethics Of Biomedical Research Involving Animals

Authored by: Tom L. Beauchamp

The Routledge Companion to Bioethics

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415896665
eBook ISBN: 9780203804971
Adobe ISBN: 9781136644849


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Approximately 50–100 million vertebrate animals 1 are used, worldwide, in biomedical and behavioral experiments each year (House of Lords 2002; Taylor et al. 2008). The research occurs in universities, hospitals, laboratories, government facilities, and corporations. Animals are used to study disease and injury and to assess the risks posed by drugs, chemicals, pesticides, cosmetics, and the like. Some of the research produces useful generalizable knowledge for the treatment of human disease, injury, and discomfort, but much of it fails to yield medical applications and presents moral problems about scientific uses of animals.

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