Up@dawn 2.0

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Group 2-Project

We are going to be presenting on the issue of Animal Testing.  We have done a lot of research and found a lot of interesting facts for and against animal testing. We found some times when we feel that animal testing is called for and some instances in which animal testing should not be used.

Our project will break down like this:
Alexus: Introduction
Mitch: Medical Breakthroughs and Animal Testing
Kristen: Inhumane Conditions and the AWA
Cameron: Drawing the Line for Animal Testing
Alyssa: Cruelty Free Testing and Conclusion
All: Questions

A few interesting links:


  1. Thanks, Group 2. You've given us things to think about. A quick search ("objections to animal research") reveals much else to think about, too. Here's a relevant paper by an old colleague which begins: "Biomedical experimentation on animals is justified, researchers say, because of its enormous benefits to human beings. Sure animals die and suffer, but that is morally insignificant when compared to experimentation's spectacular payoffs. As Carl Cohen, a leading philosophical apologist for vivisection, writes: 'When balancing the pleasures and pains resulting from the use of animals in research, we must not fail to place on the scales the terrible pains that would have resulted, would be suffered now, and would long continue had animals not been used. Every disease eliminated, every vaccine developed,... indeed, virtually every modern medical therapy is due, in part or in whole, to experimentation using animals...'" LaFollette then goes on to take issue with apologists who defend animal testing. Worth a look. "Out of sight, out of mind" is clearly not an adequate ethical rationale for actions that might inflict gratuitous suffering on innocent creatures.

    1. Almost forgot to include the link: http://www.hughlafollette.com/papers/UTILIZE.HTM