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Ethics and Evidence Regarding Animal Subjects Research: Splitting Hares–or Swallowing Camels?

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Nonhuman animals are the subject of medical research, industrial testing and educational projects in human efforts. Modern biological research has produced information that challenges assumptions that animals lack characteristics that make them deserving of moral standing, and the success of modern animal subjects research in medicine is commonly overstated. Public opinion in favor of animal research is conditional and waning. This chapter will discuss the ethical principles surrounding use of nonhuman animal subjects, research that challenges basic assumptions about the utility of nonhuman animal subjects research, and ethical obligations of researchers, editors and reviewers with regard to nonhuman animal subjects research.

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    The term “conservative” in this context is meant merely to convey a theory that is more restrictive and is not related to any political ideology or framework.

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Van Norman, G.A. (2015). Ethics and Evidence Regarding Animal Subjects Research: Splitting Hares–or Swallowing Camels?. In: Jericho, B. (eds) Ethical Issues in Anesthesiology and Surgery. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15949-2_17

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