Science, ethics and the use of animals

Amy N. B. Johnston
Brain and Behaviour Research Group, Dept. Biology, Open University, MK7 6AA, UK.

In order to understand the nature of the debate about animal use in much of science it is essential to examine the rationale and something of the history behind the movements to prevent animal experimentation. That the animal liberation movement has had such an impact on animal use indicates surely that some of their (our?) arguments are persuasive and that the 3 R's (reduce, refine and replace) has an important place in modern science. I will attempt to outline some of the arguments for and against the use of animals within a modern 'ethical' environment and to place those within a social and cultural context.
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