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Antimony: The Use, Rights, and Regulation of Laboratory Animals

By Brenda L. Thomas

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'In recent years, the problem, plight, and philosophy behind the use of animals in laboratories, schools, and industries has caused many to formulate an opinion on animal experimentation. It is simple to postulate a Monday morning quarterback philosophy - merely weigh the value of a nameless, faceless, unfeeling animal against the value of medical research which may eventually lead to a cure for cancer, AIDS, or some other dreaded disease. The choice seems simple. However, there exist in the United States and other countries, places where animals are blinded, poisoned, set on fire, electrocuted, clubbed, cut, and otherwise tortured, while fully conscious, without the benefit of pain killers or tranquilizers, all in the name of scientific research. Many of these animals were once named pets. All have faces and feelings.4 Medical research which makes use of laboratory animals is not always conducted to find a cure for cancer, AIDS, or other human diseases; researchers may use animals for insignificant data collection--data that could be gathered through more effective, alternative methods. The value of such research, therefore, is less obvious. Yet, there persists the "little room for argument," "fanatic"5 stigma in addressing the conflict between the rights of laboratory animals and the need for their experimental use. This comment examines the nature of the arguments between animal rights advocates and those in favor of the continued use of laboratory animals for research; the parties and their positions will be identified. Consideration will be given to (1) a brief overview of
the historical and philosophical basis of the animal rights movement, (2) an examination of whether animals and their particular advocates have standing to bring suit in the courts, (3) an examination of current federal and state regulations concerning laboratory animals and the effect of these laws upon recent court decisions, and (4) a discussion of proposed changes in the law and proposed alternatives to the use of laboratory animals.


Katie Carroll

Date 1986
Publication Title Pepperdine Law Review
Volume 13
Issue 3
Publisher Pepperdine Libraries
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal testing
  4. Animal use
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Laboratories
  7. Laboratory and experimental animals
  8. Laboratory animal science
  9. Law and legal issues
  10. Laws and regulations
  11. Mammals
  12. Rats
  13. regulations
  14. Rodents