The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 485–490 | Cite as

Jeremy R. Garrett (ed), The Ethics of Animal Research

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-262-51691-4, $29.00, pbk
  • David DeGrazia
Book Review

A common estimate is that 50–100 million animals are used annually, around the world, for research purposes. Animal subjects, of course, do not consent to being used, they almost never benefit therapeutically from their involvement in research, and they are typically harmed in substantial ways. Thus, animal research provokes ethical issues. As the reader is frequently reminded in this anthology, the moral case for animal research depends on two propositions: (1) that animal research offers unique, significant benefits, and (2) that these benefits justify the imposition of significant harm on animal subjects as well as whatever other costs are entailed by the research. This book is a remarkably rich collection of essays that address a wide range of specific issues concerning the ethics of animal research. This review will say at least a bit about each of the sixteen essays that comprise this volume.

Garrett’s introductory chapter provides an excellent orientation. Following a historical...



The views expressed are the author’s own. They do not represent the position or policy of the NIH, the DHHS, or the U.S. government. This work was supported by NIH intramural funds.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BioethicsNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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