The Ethics of Xenografting in Man

  • W. Cartwright
Conference paper


Is it a morally acceptable way to treat other animals to use them as a source of organs for transplantation into needy human beings? This is the principal, though not the only, moral issue raised by the practice of xenografting. The question can only be answered in the light of some more general understanding of the moral significance of other creatures, and so I begin by trying to supply this.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Cartwright
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

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