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What Animals WantExpertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy$
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Larry Carbone

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161960.001.0001

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A rat is a pig: The significance of species

A rat is a pig: The significance of species

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What Animals Want

Larry Carbone

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the significance of animal species in laboratory animal policy debates. Various species have one or more different identities in our society — the faithful dog, the intelligent but untamed monkeys, the small defenseless mouse cum vermin — that have played into anti-and pro-vivisection propaganda. It is argued that different species identities, a blend of real facts about the animals as well as our cultural constructs, fit better or worse with shifting moral philosophies of rights, contractarian reciprocity, or feminist ethics of care.

Keywords:   animal species, laboratory animal policy, animal welfare, philosophies of ethics, animal rights

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