Animal Experimentation in Biomedical Science

  • Sana Loue


Animals have been used in research since the third century B.C. There exists disagreement among both scientists and the public at large regarding the necessity of conducting research with animals. This chapter provides a review of religious views toward the use of animals in biomedical research and explores the extent to which such views are congruent—or not—with secular views and current practices relating to the use of animals in research. The use of animals for research related to consumer products such as pesticides, cosmetics, or other substances is beyond the scope of this chapter. Three components of animal research are considered: the ethics of control, the ethics of animal suffering, and the ethics of killing. The chapter focuses on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and, where possible and relevant, provides a comparison with the views and practices in non-US locales.


Animals Animal experimentation Institutional animal care and use committee Religion Speciesism 


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  • Sana Loue
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  1. 1.School of Medicine, Department of BioethicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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