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Animal Experimentation: A Guide to the Issue

Gives a balanced, non-intimidating introduction to the issues inherent in the animal experimentation debate, so life science students can explore their own thoughts about animal research
Highlights the future responsibilities of those working with animals, offering practical advice on experimental design, literature search, consultation with colleagues and the importance of searching for alternatives
Includes the regulatory umbrella under which experiments are conducted in Europe, USA and Australasia

By: Vaughan Monamy (Author)

116 pages, no illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2009 | Edition: 2 | #177398 | ISBN-13: 9780521703482
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Hardback | Jan 2009 | Edition: 2 | #177397 | ISBN-13: 9780521878791
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About this book

Animal Experimentation is an important book for all those involved in the conduct, teaching, learning, regulation, support or critique of animal-based research.

Whilst maintaining the clarity of style that made the first edition so popular, this second edition has been updated to include discussion of genetically modified organisms and associated welfare and ethical issues that surround the breeding programs in such research. It also discusses the origins of vivisection, advances in human and non-human welfare made possible by animal experimentation, principle moral objections to the use of research animals, alternatives to the use of animals in research, and the regulatory umbrella under which experiments are conducted in Europe, USA and Australasia.

In addition, the book highlights the future responsibilities of students who will be working with animals, and offers practical advice on experimental design, literature search, consultation with colleagues, and the importance of the on-going search for alternatives.

"[...] a 'must-read' for any student or scientist involved in animal experimentation at any level."
- Michael Brands, University of Mississippi Medical Center

"[...] a clear, concise introduction to the major elements of the debate surrounding animal experimentation [...] Monamy's comprehensible text will appeal to the lay person, student and scientist alike."
- Tessa Smith, Biologist

"[...] a thoughtful consideration of both the pros and cons of animal research [...] an excellent guide to the issues that face current teachers of biology and biomedical science."
- Asif A. Ghazanfar, Animal Behaviour



1. Issues in animal experimentation
2. A history of animal experimentation
3. Opposition to animal experimentation
4. The moral status of animals
5. Animal use
6. The regulation of experiments
7. Seeking alternatives
8. Conclusions

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Dr Vaughan Monamy is a senior lecturer in environmental science and environmental ethics at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. In 2007 he was awarded an Australian Government Carrick Institute Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, as well as his university's annual Excellence in Teaching award.

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