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vivsection - Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection The...

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Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection The essay is meant to show that using animals in experiments is wrong A student asks a question: Doesn’t the author contradict himself in the beginning when he first says vivisection is good for humans but then says nothing good is coming out of it? TA responds: I don’t think he goes that far (student misunderstood basically) Vivisection is cutting an animal open while its still alive to see its organs actually working Reagan states that it is non-therapeutic experimentation, meaning it does not benefit animals but instead humans = Vivisection in this essay Example: testing cosmetics on animals The benefits argument Student: If it justifies us as human beings, than what happens to the animal is irrelevant TA: If it benefits the human, then it doesn’t matter what happens the animal TA: “blinding, drowning, damaging, crushing, inducing heart attacks, forcing them to take drugs etc.” but were better off with it, that’s the argument TA: You may test a drug on an animal, it doesn’t work, and then you throw it out… there is no benefit to humans or animal, but were better off so its ok TA: Consequentalist argument - its good for us, so we should do it = it is morally permissible Student: What happens if we don’t do the experiments on the animals? If we don’t do them at all, then no one benefits. What are the alternatives? TA: we will talk about that later
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 2630 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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