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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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Death by decapitation: A case study

Death by decapitation: A case study

(p.186) 9 Death by decapitation: A case study
What Animals Want

Larry Carbone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study of one hotly contested but largely unseen controversy: whether a particular method of killing rats — decapitation in a table-top guillotine — inflicts excruciatingly intense or totally negligible pain. It discusses how scientists and veterinarians in this controversy vie to determine how much conscious perception of pain animals experience during or subsequent to this technique. It also considers why pain is the high-priority question in the first place when animal's lives are at stake.

Keywords:   animal welfare, decapitation, animal pain, rats, guillotine, euthanasia

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