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Ill-gotten Gains

  • Tom Regan
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Abstract

Late in 1981 a reporter for a large newspaper (we’ll call her Karen to protect her interest in remaining anonymous) gained access to some previously classified government files. Karen was investigating the government’s funding of research into the short- and long-term effects of exposure to radioactive waste. It was with understandable surprise that, included in these files, she discovered the records of a series of experiments involving the induction and treatment of coronary thrombosis (heart attack). Conducted over a period of 15 years by a renowned heart specialist (we’ll call him Dr Ventricle) and financed with government funds, the experiments in all likelihood would have remained unknown to anyone outside Dr Ventricle’s sphere of power and influence had not Karen chanced upon them.

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References

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Further reading

  1. Diner, J. (1974). Physical and Mental Suffering in Experimental Animals, The Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  2. Frey, R. G. (1980). Interests and Rights: The Case Against Animals, Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
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  4. Magel, C. R. (1980). In Salt, H.S. (ed.), Animals’ Rights, Society for Animal Rights, Clarks SummitGoogle Scholar
  5. Magel, C. R. and Regan, T. (1982). In Regan, T. (ed.), All That Dwell Therein: Essays on Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics, University of California Press, CaliforniaGoogle Scholar
  6. Morris, R. K. and Fox, M. W. (1978). On the Fifth Day: Animal Rights and Human Ethics, Acropolis Press, Washington, DCGoogle Scholar
  7. Paterson, D. A. and Ryder, R. (1979). Animals’ Rights: A Symposium, Centaur, FontwellGoogle Scholar
  8. Regan, T. (1983). The Case for Animal Rights, University of California Press, CaliforniaGoogle Scholar
  9. Regan, T. and Singer, P. (1976). Animal Rights and Human Obligations, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJGoogle Scholar
  10. Singer, P. (1975). Animal Liberation, Avon, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  11. Sperlinger, D. (1981). Animals in Research: New Perspectives in Animal Experimentation, John Wiley, ChichesterGoogle Scholar

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© Tom Regan 1989

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